Ranking of Undergraduate Institution based on the Numbers of Nobel Prize winners

Forbes published an article of Jonathan Wai, who gave a new ranking of (not necessarily purely) undergraduate institutions based on the number of Nobel prize winners. Of course, only a small number of schools nurtured Nobel prize winners, the paper discusses the pros and cons of this ranking. (Dr. Wai: Thank you for the nice citation of my Ranking book.)

World University Rankings 2021

The rankings are based on 13 performance indicators, which are separated into five categories: 30 percent teaching (the learning environment); 30 percent research (volume, income and reputation); 30 percent citations (research influence); 7.5 percent international outlook (staff, students and research); and 2.5 percent industry income (knowledge transfer).


We all know that the weights are far from being objective, but we also know that they are not random. So, we cannot do better just to navigate between objectivity and subjectivity!

Top 100 Most Influential Economists in the World (2020)

A new Top 100 list was published by Richtopia: https://richtopia.com/top-lists/economists-2020. The list is admittedly reflects social influences measured by digital reputation. Paul Krugman looks to be the clear winner.

Here are the details


As you may know, I think “There are three different dimension of your reputation: who you ARE, who YOU SAY you are, who PEOPLE SAY you are. The first characterize your personality and identity; the second reflects your communication strategy, and expresses how you would like to be seen (as the cat says, ”I would like to be seen as a lion”; the third says how other stakeholders participate in the game describe you and your activity.”

Like it or not, ranking is with us.


  • German: invoice paid April 2020, author share to show in December
    statement. Die Welt der Rankings: Wie Sie Vergleiche, Bewertungen und Ranglisten richtig deuten (German Edition) Kindle Edition
  • Korean: invoice paid April 2020, author share to show in December
  • Simplified Chinese: invoiced in May 2020, not yet paid.
  • Japanese: invoiced in June 2020, not yet paid.
  • Hungarian: MTA Könyv- és Folyóirat-kiadó Bizottsága 2020. évi könyvkiadási támogatás Érdi Péter: Rangsorolás. Össznépirangsoroló játékaink íratlan szabályai Typotex Elektronikus Kiadó Kft. xxx xxx Ft

Thank you!

I would like to thank you my friend, Fanji Gu, that he translated Ranking to Chinese (with simple character.) The book will be published by Shanghai Educational Publishing House. Special thanks to the Publisher/Editor of the book Wei Huang, who liked the book, and supported the translation.

From Ranking to Repair!

While the world is disrupted,  ranking is still with us.  I am sure many of you are too familiar with the new Ranking game  .  I also believe, together  with many of you, that the world – for better or worse – will not be the same, as it was.

As concerns the Ranking book itself, it looks that so far the German, Chinese (with simple characters), Korean and Japan translations have been licensed, and the Hungarian translation seems to be plausible. Assuming we will have some reasonable Fall,  I will teach a class at University of Michigan about Ranking.

From mid-December  I am thinking about the plan of new book with the working title REPAIR! How to Improve Broken Objects, Ourselves, and Our Society. It looks I will have a co-author, the Hungarian social psychologist Zsuzsa Szvetelszky .  Here is a paragraph from the draft of the book proposal:

The question of when to repair and when to replace objects is always with us. We could mention a number of illustrative phenomena. Many of us are suffering with the problem of broken friendships, and we ask ourselves whether or not they can be mended. A stopped clock can be repaired, but a burned-out light bulb must be replaced. A bulb, however, is replaceable. It would be ridiculous to throw out your whole crystal chandelier with sixteen lights (as part of your family inheritance) if one of these lights does not function. But sometimes big companies adopt business policies that do not provide access to spare parts, and a whole new gadget must be bought. The “right to repair” movement started a legal fight to allow consumers to repair their broken electronic devices by being able to buy replacement parts at a reasonable price. So we also review the possible change of the attitude of people from living in a throw-away society to accept consumption reduction.

We prepared an article as a response for the open call for the Hungarian social science journal Replika . You can download the paper from here:


Hope the Reader is well!