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Wednesday, February 6, 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 February 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.)

29,293

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6269

2

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

21,740

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

4415

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

20,170

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

4304

4

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

17,673

Paul Caron (Cincinnati) 

3328

5

James Hines (Michigan)

17,296

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

3046

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

16,616

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2782

7

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

16,503

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2653

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

16,162

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2573

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

14,285

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2530

10

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

12,722

Jen Kowal (USC)

2450

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

12,588

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2296

12

David Weisbach (Chicago)

12,555

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

2155

13

David Walker (Boston U.)

12,553

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2147

14

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

12,268

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2069

15

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

11,994

James Hines (Michigan)

2017

16

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

11,643

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1915

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

11,309

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1902

18

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

11,101

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1821

18

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

10,988

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1668

20

Ed McCaffery (USC)

10,786

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1618

21

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

10,767

Heather Field (UC-Hastings)

1549

22

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

10,412

Allison Christians (McGill)

1461

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

10,059

Dick Harvey (Villanova)

1434

24

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9727

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1368

25

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

9266

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1332

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/2013/02/ssrn-t.html

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