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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

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SSRN has updated its monthly rankings of 609 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 September 18, 2009) of the Top 25 U.S. Tax Professors in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and recent downloads (within the past 12 months):

 

 

All-Time Downloads

 

Recent Downloads

1

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

14,529

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

3965

2

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

12,615

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

3208

3

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

12,358

James Hines (Michigan)

2365

4

James Hines (Michigan)

11,418

Bradley Borden (Washburn)

2103

5

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

9135

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1886

6

David Walker (BU)

8642

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1831

7

David Weisbach (Chicago)

8134

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1764

8

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

8115

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1652

9

Ed McCaffery (USC)

8000

Ruth Mason (Connecticut)

1623

10

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

7564

Francine Lipman (Chapman)

1550

11

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

7245

David Walker (BU)

1506

12

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

 7042

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1484

13

Steven Bank (UCLA)

6191

Karen Burke (San Diego)

1434

14

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

6034

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1406

15

David Schizer (Columbia)

5751

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1401

16

Francine Lipman (Chapman)

5523

Bryan Camp (Texas Tech)

1290

17

Bradley Borden (Washburn)

5478

Michael Knoll (Penn)

1261

18

Michael Knoll (Penn)

5195

Ed McCaffery (USC)

1248

19

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

4904

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

1155

20

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

4776

Allison Christians (Wisconsin)

1140

21

Terrence Chorvat (G. Mason)

4488

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1114

22

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

4135

Tom Brennan (Northwestern)

1092

23

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

4097

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1047

24

Ruth Mason (Connecticut)

3997

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1026

25

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

3882

Brian Galle (Florida State)

1024

Note that this ranking includes full-time 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.

For my recent articles on what SSRN downloads can tell us about the current state and future of legal scholarship, and about the relationship between scholarship and blogging, see:

For Ted Seto's faculty-wide (and metropolitan area-wide) analysis of these SSRN tax rankings, see:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2009/09/ssrn-tax-1.html

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