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Wednesday, December 18, 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 December 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.)

35,039

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6954

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

24,530

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

3430

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

21,877

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

3070

4

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

19,016

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 

2699

5

James Hines (Michigan)

18,824

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2534

6

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

18,373

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2349

7

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

18,216

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

2346

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

18,164

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2205

9

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,050

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2168

10

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

14,830

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2150

11

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

14,219

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

2053

12

David Weisbach (Chicago)

13,591

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2014

13

David Walker (BU)

13,326

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1791

14

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

13,317

James Hines (Michigan)

1787

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

13,263

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1596

16

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

12,898

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1514

17

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

12,860

Jeffrey Kahn (Florida St.)

1445

18

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

12,727

Susan Morse (Texas)

1374

19

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

12,395

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

1358

20

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

12,220

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

1316

21

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

12,048

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1295

22

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

11,764

John Miller (Idaho)

1291

23

Ed McCaffery (USC)

11,419

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1264

24

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

11,330

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1230

25

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

10,982

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1229

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/2013/12/ssrn-tax-professor.html

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