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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SSRN Tax Professor 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 February 1, 2014) 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.)

36,211

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6989

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

24,993

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

3249

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

22,071

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2700

4

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

19,232

Richard Ainsworth (BU) 

2625

5

James Hines (Michigan)

19,088

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2579

6

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

18,896

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

2390

7

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

18,442

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2305

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

18,322

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

2250

9

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

15,171

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

2158

10

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,079

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

2067

11

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

14,429

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1899

12

David Weisbach (Chicago)

13,799

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

1824

13

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

13,563

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1797

14

David Walker (BU)

13,546

James Hines (Michigan)

1788

15

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

13,422

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1707

16

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

13,172

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1557

17

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

13,074

Omri Marian (Florida)

1441

18

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

13,068

Susan Morse (Texas)

1369

19

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

12,785

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1331

20

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

12,623

John Miller (Idaho)

1288

21

Herwig Schlunk (Vand.)

12,316

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

1275

22

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

11,966

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1241

23

Ed McCaffery (USC)

11,502

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

1197

24

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

11,424

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1179

25

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

11,240

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1154

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/2014/02/ssrn-tax.html

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