Monday, December 14, 2015

New List: 50 Most Influential Think Tanks has just released a new list of the 50 most influential think tanks in the United States, compiled using a set of criteria that no other entity has done in the past.

The rankings are based on the popularity of a think tank's website, average yearly revenue of a think tank, average number of printed media references per year by outside organizations, and the number of categories in which a think tank was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania.

Think Tank Watch should point out that the list from includes a number of institutions that are not generally considered think tanks.

Here is a list of the top 25:
  1. Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
  2. Earth Institute
  3. Heritage Foundation
  4. Human Rights Watch
  5. Kaiser Family Foundation
  6. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)
  7. Brookings Institution
  8. Cato Institute
  9. Ludwig von Mises Institute
  10. American Enterprise Institute (AEI) 
  11. RAND Corp.
  12. Center for American Progress (CAP)
  13. Alan Guttmacher Institute
  14. Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBBP)
  15. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
  16. Electronic Privacy Information Center
  17. Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE)
  18. Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  19. Urban Institute
  20. Economic Policy Institute (EPI)
  21. Aspen Institute
  22. Wilson Center
  23. Hoover Institution
  24. Manhattan Institute for Policy Research
  25. Center for Immigration Studies

Here is how the latest University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings have ranked what it considers to be the top think tanks.

Over the years there have been a number of different ways that people and organizations have ranked think tanks, including this one by the Center for Global Development (CGD).

Here is a ranking of think tanks by media citations from Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

Update: Alejandro Chafuen, President of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, has already found major mistakes in think tank rankings.