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Didier Sornette Elected as One of the Most Influential Economists in German-speaking Countries in 2020

2020 / 10 / 20

Recently, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) published its latest ranking of the most influential economists in German-speaking countries. Prof. Didier Sornette, Dean and Chair Professor at Risks-X, SUSTech, the member of the Academia Europaea, the member of the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW), professor of ETH Zurich was ranked on the list and thus is one of the ten most influential economists in German-speaking countries in 2020. His academic publications, in particular, was rated as “influential”, making his ranking in terms of academic influence the 3rd place. As Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ) reported, Didier Sornette, with fruitful research outcome, commented on the risks of COVID-19 at the beginning of this year, which aroused heated discussion, thus ranking him into one of the most influential economists in German-speaking countries this year.

About Assessment

For the annual ranking of the 100 most influential economists in German-speaking countries, the FAZ assesses the economists mainly in the following aspects, contributions to science, activities in political consulting, mentions in media as well as social media activities. Beyond the number of scientific citations, assessment takes into account the survey of parliamentarians and the number of mentions in print and online media such as FAZ, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Bild, Handelsblatt or Spiegel. Also, mentions in social media such as Twitter factor in. 

The company Unicepta analyzed how often economists were named in the media between July 2019 and June 2020. Over 1350 citations in eight Swiss media were evaluated. In order to measure the political influence, politicians at federal and cantonal level were interviewed. They could indicate which five economists they value most for their daily work. The survey was accompanied by Econwatch and the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, and it was carried out by the ZBW Kiel in June 2020. Almost 100 people took part. When measuring the scientific influence, the number of citations from the last five years was decisive. The basis for this was the Elsevier <Scopus> database.

In the area of social networks, activities on Twitter were analyzed. The Makronom website carried out a special evaluation of its regularly published Twitter ranking.