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Thursday, October 24, 2013

SSRN Tax Professor Download Rankings

SSRN LogoSSRN 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 October 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.)

34,075

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6722

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

24,270

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

3514

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

21,634

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

3318

4

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

18,900

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 

2897

5

James Hines (Michigan)

18,631

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2515

6

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

18,101

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2438

7

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

18,064

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

2287

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

17,749

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2177

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,021

D. Dharmpala (Illinois)

2144

10

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

14,622

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2140

11

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

14,056

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2006

12

David Weisbach (Chicago)

13,407

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1947

13

David Walker (BU)

13,220

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1871

14

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

13,211

James Hines (Michigan)

1833

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

13,087

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1591

16

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

12,685

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1543

17

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

12,494

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1436

18

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

12,416

Jeffrey Kahn (Florida St.)

1390

19

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

12,220

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1354

20

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

12,171

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

1336

21

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

11,729

Adam Chodorow (Ariz. St.)

1314

22

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

11,560

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1301

23

Ed McCaffery (USC)

11,350

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1301

24

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

11,290

John Miller (Idaho)

1274

25

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

10,843

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

1249

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/2013/10/ssrn-tax.html

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