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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

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SSRN has updated its monthly rankings of 616 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 October 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)

14,041

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

3955

2

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

12,634

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

3135

3

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

12,623

James Hines (Michigan)

2348

4

James Hines (Michigan)

11,626

Bradley Borden (Washburn)

1921

5

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

8826

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1884

6

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

8286

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1692

7

David Walker (BU)

8206

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1681

8

David Weisbach (Chicago)

8030

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1630

9

Ed McCaffery (USC)

8005

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1606

10

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

7709

Ruth Mason (Connecticut)

1575

11

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

7237

David Walker (BU)

1540

12

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

 7034

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1527

13

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

6715

Francine Lipman (Chapman)

1472

14

Steven Bank (UCLA)

6186

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1393

15

David Schizer (Columbia)

5709

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1374

16

Francine Lipman (Chapman)

5588

Karen Burke (San Diego)

1354

17

Bradley Borden (Washburn)

5541

Michael Knoll (Penn)

1254

18

Michael Knoll (Penn)

5273

Ed McCaffery (USC)

1240

19

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

4985

Tom Brennan (Northwestern)

1156

20

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

4958

Allison Christians (Wisconsin)

1134

21

Terrence Chorvat (G. Mason)

4508

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

1110

22

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

4304

Brian Galle (Florida State)

1064

23

Leandra Lederman (Indiana)

4103

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1062

24

Ruth Mason (Connecticut)

4089

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

1056

25

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

3942

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1012

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/2009/10/ssrn-tax.html

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Comments

Paul,

Maybe you should consider a series on the work being done by some of these budding superstars? I have to be candid and say that I have never heard of some of them other than seeing their names here. I suspect that I am not alone here.

Posted by: mike livingston | Oct 28, 2009 7:15:09 AM