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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Updated SSRN Rankings of Tax Faculty

Ssrn_logo_71SSRN has updated its new monthly rankings of 341 American and international law school faculties and 1,500 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN data base.  Here is the new list (through April 1, 2006) of the Top 25 Tax Faculty in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and new downloads (within the past 12 months):

                                                    Top 25 Tax Faculty SSRN Rankings

  All-Time Downloads

  Recent Downloads

Tax Faculty (School)

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Tax Rank

Overall Rank

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1

43

1

71

Edward McCaffery (USC)

2

91

2

74

David Schizer (Columbia)

3

119

13

264

David Walker (BU)

4

122

16

311

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

5

128

3

75

David Weisbach (Chicago)

6

135

9

143

Victor Fleischer (UCLA)

7

138

6

92

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

8

142

4

78

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9

147

8

138

Terrence Chorvat (George Mason)

10

155

5

89

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

11

216

23

455

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

12

266

11

178

Elizabeth Garrett (USC)

13

310

21

393

Theodore Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

14

352

12

186

Barbara Fried (Stanford)

15

366

-

759

Sam Thompson (UCLA)

16

367

-

1342

Joseph Bankman (Stanford)

17

374

15

285

Lee Anne Fennell (Illinois)

18

375

20

359

Jeff Strnad (Stanford)

19

385

18

324

Susan Pace Hamill (Alabama)

20

409

10

160

Tanina Rostain (New York)

21

413

7

122

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

22

416

17

320

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

23

439

-

702

Kyle Logue (Michigan)

24

444

-

599

Stephen Cohen (Georgetown)

25

468

22

403

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

-

490

25

547

David Duff (Toronto)

-

504

14

266

Anthony Infanti (Pittsburgh)

-

506

24

496

Michael Knoll (Pennsylvania)

-

540

19

342

Michael Asimow (UCLA)

-

551

-

881

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 our article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006) (Symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings), is that the SSRN data can play a role in faculty rankings along with these other measures.  Bill Henderson (Indiana) thinks we are too modest, and that SSRN may provide a better measure of faculty performance than these other methodologies.

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