Edenhofer one of the most important economists in Germany

MCC director Ottmar Edenhofer has climbed up the FAZ`s ranking of economic researchers achieving place twelve.

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For the ranking of the “most influential economists” the German national daily newspaper “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ) analyzed the impact of economic researchers in the subcategories of media, policy and research. Therefore, citations in science, quotes in the most important media were counted and also a survey among policy makers on the state and the federal level such as members of parliaments and high ministry officials taking as a basis.

In the overall result Ottmar Edenhofer, director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and chief economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), achieved with 93 points place twelve. Last year the professor at the TU Berlin made it to place 14. Thereby he once again joins the top group headed by well-known economists such as Hans-Werner Sinn (Ifo Institute), Marcel Fratzscher (German Institute for Economic Research) und Peter Bofinger (University of Würzburg)

“Included in the overall ranking where those, who left marks in the public and the scientific community alike,” the FAZ writes about its methodology. “Within the research field no less than five citations were necessary, in the media at least five quotes and more than five points in the survey among policy-makers.”

Of special importance for Edenhofer’s influence is his research. “For the total accounting, the influence on science is doubled, the one on media and policy-makers each is simply counted,” the FAZ explains. Within the science community Edenhofer holds a strong record with 1608 citiations. Thus, he passes researchers who are well-known to a broader public through their more frequent appearance in the media in the overall result.