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Wednesday, July 10, 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 July 1, 2013) of the Top 25 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.)

32,595

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6965

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

23,563

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

4468

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

20,991

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

3700

4

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

18,690

Ed Kleinbard (USC) 

3496

5

James Hines (Michigan)

18,158

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

3311

6

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

17,640

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

3152

7

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

17,411

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

3055

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

16,933

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2616

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

14,848

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2292

10

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

14,023

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

2130

11

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

13,628

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2074

12

David Walker (Boston U.)

13,070

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2032

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

12,997

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2004

14

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

12,967

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1903

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

12,555

Jim Hines (Michigan)

1896

16

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

12,374

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

1844

17

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

12,032

John Miller (Idaho)

1778

18

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

11,917

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1693

19

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

11,821

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1575

20

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

11,784

Erik Jensen (Case Western)

1520

21

Ed McCaffery (USC)

11,075

Calvin Johnson (Texas)

1507

22

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

11,021

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1468

23

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

10,917

Allison Christians (McGill)

1376

24

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

10,595

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1363

25

Steve Bank (UCLA)

10,186

Jeffrey Kahn (Florida St.)

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/2013/07/ssrn.html

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