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Tuesday, August 28, 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 August 1, 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.)

26,417

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

5642

2

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

20,111

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

5382

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

19,183

Ted Seto (Loyola-LA)

5314

4

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

16,974

Paul Caron (Cincinnati) 

3249

5

James Hines (Michigan)

16,934

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2728

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-LA)

15,542

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

2662

7

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

13,759

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2646

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

12,830

Jen Kowal (Loyola-LA)

2538

9

David Walker (Boston U.)

11,950

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2439

10

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

11,743

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2385

11

David Weisbach (Chicago)

11,731

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

2338

12

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

11,675

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

2050

13

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

11,395

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

2046

14

Katie Pratt (Lloyola-L.A.)

11,167

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2040

15

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

11,174

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1985

16

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

10,208

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1980

17

Ed McCaffery (USC)

10,200

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1856

18

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

10,135

James Hines (Michigan)

1846

18

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

10,135

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1617

20

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

9813

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1558

21

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

9583

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1547

22

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9168

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1419

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

9103

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

1381

24

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

8190

Marty McMahon (Florida)

1377

25

Michael Knoll (Penn)

8059

David Walker (Boston U.)

1269

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/2012/08/ssrn.html

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