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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

SSRN Tax Professor Download Rankings

SSRNSSRN has updated its monthly rankings of 750 American and international law school faculties and 3,000 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN database.  Here is the new list (through February 2, 2012) 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.)

23,172

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

5856

2

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

18,412

Ted Seto (Loyola-LA)

4868

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

18,092

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

4358

4

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

16,299

Paul Caron (Cincinnati) 

3171

5

James Hines (Michigan)

15,275

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2675

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-LA)

14,312

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

2550

7

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

12,933

Jen Kowal (Loyola-LA)

2506

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

11,852

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

2349

9

David Walker (Boston U.)

11,201

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2221

10

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

11,091

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2212

11

David Weisbach (Chicago)

10,882

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2175

12

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

10,652

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1974

13

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

10,437

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1752

14

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

10,185

Francine Lipman (Chapman)

1745

15

Katie Pratt (Loyola-LA)

9801

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

1731

16

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

9764

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1640

17

Ed McCaffery (USC)

9715

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1567

18

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

9327

James Hines (Michigan)

1546

19

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

8854

Jeffrey Maine (Maine)

1420

20

Steve Bank (UCLA)

8642

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1337

21

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

8507

Allison Christians (Wisc.)

1326

22

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

8427

John Miller (Idaho)

1316

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

8226

Amy Monahan (Minnesota)

1314

24

Michael Knoll (Penn)

7564

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1251

25

David Schizer (Columbia)

6925

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

1244

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/2012/02/ssrn-tax-professor.html

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