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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

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SSRN has updated its monthly rankings of 646 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 November 18, 2010) 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

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich)

17,783

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

6439

2

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

15,592

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

4846

3

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

14,300

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich)

4823

4

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

14,295

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

4068

5

James Hines (Michigan)

13,418

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

4023

6

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

10,693

Jennifer Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

3813

7

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

9869

Francine Lipman (Chapman)

2628

8

David Walker (BU)

9789

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

2182

9

David Weisbach(Chicago)

9420

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

1940

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

9053

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

1737

11

Ed McCaffery (USC)

 8960

James Hines (Michigan)

1679

12

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

8790

Allison Christians (Wisconsin)

1668

13

Francine Lipman (Chap.)

8353

Bradley Borden (Brooklyn)

1604

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

8206

Wendy Gerzpg (Baltimore)

1564

15

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

7582

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1554

16

Steven Bank (UCLA)

7567

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1507

17

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

7462

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1445

18

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

7285

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1423

19

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

6793

Martin McMahon (Florida)

1422

20

Wendy Gerzog(Baltimore)

6664

David Walker (BU)

1414

21

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

6372

Ruth Mason (Connecticut)

1345

22

Michael Knoll (Penn)

6346

Amy Monahan (Minnesota)

1337

23

David Schizer (Columbia)

6267

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1282

24

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

5955

Steven Willis (Florida)

1267

25

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

5629

Joshua Blank (NYU)

1266

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 other 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/2010/11/ssrn-tax.html

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