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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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 January 1, 2013) 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.)

28,675

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

5969

2

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

21,304

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

4299

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

20,047

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

4250

4

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

17,602

Paul Caron (Cincinnati) 

3226

5

James Hines (Michigan)

17,167

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

3005

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

16,416

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2843

7

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

16,326

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2541

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

15,972

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2538

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

14,063

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2520

10

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

12,562

Ed kleinbard (USC)

2363

11

David Walker (Boston U.)

12,481

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2292

12

David Weisbach (Chicago)

12,421

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

2185

13

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

12,326

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2149

14

Chris Sannchirico (Penn)

12,157

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2146

15

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

11,883

James Hines (Michigan)

2017

16

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

11,588

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1942

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

11,077

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1910

18

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

10,947

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1831

18

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

10,878

Dick Harvey (Villanova)

1753

20

Ed McCaffery (USC)

10,701

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1683

21

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

10,686

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1628

22

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

10,263

Heather Field (UC-Hastings)

1613

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

9919

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1424

24

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9564

Allison Christians (McGill)

1370

25

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

8863

Francine Lipman (UNLVl)

1364

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/2013/01/ssrn-.html

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