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Wednesday, March 20, 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 March 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.)

30,012

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6590

2

Paul Caron (Cincinnati)

22,127

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

4508

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

20,333

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

4338

4

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

17,784

Paul Caron (Cincinnati) 

3476

5

James Hines (Michigan)

17,452

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

2932

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

16,784

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2833

7

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

16,675

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2832

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

16,286

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2608

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

14,346

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2570

10

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

12,971

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2472

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

12,857

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2317

12

David Walker (Boston U.)

12,654

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

2184

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

12,646

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2123

14

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

12,343

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2062

15

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

12,074

James Hines (Michigan)

1990

16

Herwig Schlunck (Vand.)

11,873

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1940

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

11,536

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1920

18

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

11,258

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1865

19

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

11,143

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1782

20

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

11,077

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1567

21

Ed McCaffery (USC)

10,854

Heather Field (UC-Hastings)

1558

22

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

10,523

Allison Christians (McGill)

1506

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

10,195

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

1487

24

Steve Bank (UCLA)

9842

Joshua Blank (NYU)

1379

25

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

9531

Vic Fleischer (Colorado)

1376

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/2013/03/ssrn-.html

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