According to these rankings of Missouri's research economists and economics-research departments, my own Lindenwood University fares pretty well against some big players. Unsurprisingly, more than half of Missouri's top economists work at Washington University in St. Louis, and two of the top departments are there. Some of my former colleagues at the St. Louis Fed also make the list.
Because they can contain major flaws and biases, rankings of this sort are not to be taken too seriously or literally. But it's still nice when your own institution does well, as mine does here, also.