The UNU Maastricht Economic Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) is the world’s top innovation institution, according to the Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) rankings as of May 2013. UNU-MERIT topped the list in two RePEc categories, above other prestigious institutions such as Harvard Business School, MIT, Stanford and the London School of Economics.
RePEc is a collaborative ranking system that seeks to enhance the dissemination of research in economics and related sciences. It is based on a decentralized bibliographic database of papers, articles, books and other publications maintained by a global team of volunteers. To date, more than 1,500 archives from 76 countries have contributed about 1.4 million research pieces.
The rankings are based on data about authors who have registered with the RePEc Author Service, institutions listed on Economics Departments, Institutes and Research Centres in the World (EDIRC) index, bibliographic data, citation analysis and popularity data.
UNU-MERIT ranks first in both the RePEc Technology & Industrial Dynamics category, ahead of the Department of Economics, International Business School, Brandeis University (#2) and the Department of Economics, University of California-Berkeley (#3), and in the Innovation category, ahead of Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles (#2) and Harvard Business School, Harvard University (#3).
UNU-MERIT also ranks second in the Intellectual Property Rights category, behind the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles (#1) but ahead of the Economics Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (#3).
UNU-MERIT’s research explores the social, political and economic factors that drive technological innovation. As an institute of the United Nations University, the UN’s think tank, UNU-MERIT aims to address a broad range of policy questions on science, innovation and democratic governance.
For more information and links to the RePEc rankings, see the UNU-MERIT website.