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Tuesday, December 18, 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 December 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.)

28,181

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

5813

2

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

21,096

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

4181

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

19,861

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

4172

4

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

17,500

Paul Caron (Cincinnati) 

3164

5

James Hines (Michigan)

17,033

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2748

6

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

16,202

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2564

7

Ted Seto(Loyola-L.A.)

16,161

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2448

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

15,586

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2434

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

14,000

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2323

10

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

12,428

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2187

11

David Walker (Boston U.)

12,354

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2125

12

David Weisbach (Chicago)

12,324

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2107

13

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

12,127

Richard Harvey (Villanova)

2094

14

Chris Sannchirico (Penn)

12,087

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

2093

15

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

11,778

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1992

16

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

11,546

James Hines (Michigan)

1983

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

10,910

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1937

18

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

10,779

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1680

18

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

10,706

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1614

20

Ed McCaffery (USC)

10,640

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1582

21

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

10,522

Heather Field (UC-Hastings)

1540

22

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

10,161

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1426

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

9685

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1400

24

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9496

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

1392

25

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

8730

Allison Christians (McGill)

1349

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/2012/12/ssrn-.html

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