Waseda University as a workplace for economists

[Disclaimer: the opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent the views of my present and past affiliations in any way.]


By providing information about work environment at School of Political Science and Economics (PSE), Waseda University, I hope you will be more interested in working here.

General information about Waseda

Where it stands in world university rankings

The following figure shows the numbers of publications in Tilburg top 35 economics journals on five-year moving averages during 1990-2020 for Japan's top five national universities that are strong in economics (Tokyo, Hitotsubashi, Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe) and top two private universities (Keio and Waseda). Keio and Waseda were bottom two until 2000s, but after 2010 they were rapidly catching up with the top five, and in 2020 Waseda takes the second place only after Tokyo. Clearly, Waseda is on the rise.

Publications in Tilburg top 35 econ journals

[1] American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Econometrica, Economic Journal, Economics Letters, European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, International Economic Review, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Quarterly Journal of Economics, RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Review of Economic Studies, Review of Economics and Statistics, and World Bank Economic Review.

Work environment at Waseda PSE

Overall, if you hate publication pressure but are self-disciplined to do good research (I mean, publish in top journals), and if you love Tokyo, then Waseda is your place.

[2] University executives are starting to discuss introduction of merit-based annual salary system.

© 2021 Takumi Naito

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