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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

SSRN Rankings of Tax Faculty

Ssrn_logo_11It is the season of law school rankings. U.S. News & World Report will publish its annual rankings on Friday (we offered an early peek yesterday here).  Our symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings will be held at Indiana-Bloomington on April 15.  And last week, SSRN unveiled a new feature that ranks 200 American and international law school faculties and 1,000 American law professors by (among other things) the number of downloads of their papers from the SSRN data base. I will have much more to say on this blog about the SSRN rankings shortly as Bernie Black (Texas), the Managing Director of SSRN, and I are writing an article for the Indiana symposium on the uses and limits of SSRN in measuring scholarly performance.

In the meantime, I thought it would be interesting for readers of this blog to see the list of the Top 25 Tax Faculty in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and new downloads (within the past 12 months):

                                                  SSRN Rankings of Top 25 Tax Faculty

All-Time Downloads

Recent Downloads

Tax Faculty (School)

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1

38

2

71

David Schizer (Columbia)

2

96

7

139

David Walker (Boston University)

3

98

11

203

Edward McCaffery (USC)

4

101

1

58

David Weisbach (Chicago)

5

124

10

189

Steven Bank (UCLA)

6

153

4

95

Victor Fleischer (UCLA)

7

161

9

180

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

8

162

3

87

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

9

180

5

112

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

10

192

14

216

Terrence Chorvat (Geo. Mason)

11

204

6

119

Sam Thompson (UCLA)

12

255

-

863

Elizabeth Garrett (USC)

13

275

13

207

Barbara Fried (Stanford)

14

283

19

322

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

15

332

12

205

William Bradford (Princeton-NYU)

16

338

8

168

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

17

358

22

396

Kyle Logue (Michigan)

18

382

-

519

Jeff Strnad (Stanford)

19

390

15

278

Michael Asimow (UCLA)

20

411

21

353

Joseph Bankman (Stanford)

21

441

25

468

Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22

464

-

651

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

23

469

24

430

William Klein (UCLA)

24

476

-

505

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

25

483

-

958

Anthony Infanti (Pittsburgh)

-

519

20

344

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

-

523

18

318

Jim Repetti (Boston College)

-

630

16

298

Michael Knoll (Pennsylvania)

-

698

17

318

Linda Sugin (Fordham)

-

811

23

404

Note that this ranking includes tax professors with at least one tax paper on SSRN, and all papers (including non-tax papers) by these tax professors are included in the SSRN data.

The other SSRN ranking categories are:

These rankings, of course, are imperfect measures of faculty scholarly performance -- as are the existing ranking methodologies of reputation surveys, productivity counts, and citation counts. Our modest claim in the Indiana symposium piece is that the SSRN data can play a role in faculty rankings along with these other measures.

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