Development Economics research is not only published. It also has a clear impact. Scientific impact is developing quite satisfactorily as indicated by the Google science metrics reported below in the Table. All Development Economics staff has a Google scholar profile.
Impact both in terms of overall citations and h-index is good for experienced research intensive staff and encouraging for junior staff.
Reported data collected on 14 August 2017
The 2012 ISS research assessment notes that this group has a high ranking (4.5 on a scale of 1 to 5):
for relevance, especially due to its applied policy-related research. Their approach helps to establish evidence-based policy formulation and implementation.(..) A positive aspect of its work is that within the field of development economics members have established themselves in a niche of their own.
Development Economics research has direct societal relevance and staff and PhD researchers build on their research and use it for advocacy and as a basis for policy advice.
Some highlights from 2015 and 2016
- Peter van Bergeijk is one of six knowledge managers for INCLUDE - the knowledge platform on inclusive development policies. He is also co-author of the Clingendael Strategische Monitor, a report that provides an important input for the Dutch Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence. Peter participates regularly in meetings with key policy makers, for example in the context of the G20 preparations or as a sounding board for scenario development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including the Economists Round Table with Minister Ploumen. Societal impact has also been generated by a great many interviews with Dutch media, via policy briefs and (weblog) contributions, including vox.eu, mejudice.nl and replication.com.
- Research on gender and teaching evaluations conducted by Natascha Wagner, Matthias Rieger and Katherine Voorvelt was widely covered by the international and Dutch media such as Times Higher Education, Resource Magazine of Wageningen University; Punt. Magazine of Avans Hogeschool; Erasmus Magazine; EADI Publication Digest; AD Haagse Courant. Natascha Wagner gave an interview to Times Higher Education for the article 'Growing evidence of anti-female bias in student surveys' by Chris Havergal.
- In 2016 Matthias Rieger published two studies on trans-fatty acids in the Journal of Health Economics and the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. These papers have received widespread media attention and sparked interest from the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO has appointed Matthias to an expert group on natural experiments in the area of nutrition policies.
- Elissaios Papyrakis contributed a Global Digital Insider (GDI) policy brief on tourism and climate change. He also organized a public event/debate at the ISS (The Hague) with Augusto Lopez-Claro (Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group) and several delegates from embassies were present. He has been very active in disseminating his research output to academic and non-specialized audiences.
- Fleur Wouterse did capacity building as part of the NAIP (National Agricultural Investment Plan) taskforce on gender during one training event in Dakar, Senegal in September 2016.
- Irene van Staveren is the director of the widely used ISS database Indices of Social development. Irene has also given several keynote and policy speeches and her research covered in several media outlets. Irene is also member of the Dutch think-tank Sustainable Finance Lab based at Utrecht University; She is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the SCP (Sociaal en Cultureel Planbureau) and is on the board of Rethinking Economics NL, the Dutch branch of the international student movement demanding pluralism in economics education. She is a member of the 2016 NOW VENI selection committee for Economics and Business.
- Mansoob Murshed was a keynote speaker at a conference in the University of Rwanda in May 2015, as well as being a guest speaker at BRAC University, Bangladesh in April 2017. In September 2016, he was an invited panelist at a Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs think tank conference (Casa Arabe) on the reconstruction strategies in Syria, Libya and Iraq.
- Importantly, a number of part time PhD researchers work in policy institutions and via their research help in the design and implementation of evidence based policies, for example:
(Central Bank of Suriname) Djalita Fialho (Pedro Pires Institute, Cape Verde) Selwyn Moons (Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Netherlands) Miriela Carolina (Supervisory Board Central Bank of Curacao) Lilian Petit (Netherlands Competition Authority) Manongwa Sikanda (National Planning Commission Namibia)