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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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 May 1, 2015) 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

 

Recent

1

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

45,422

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6349

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

28,592

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

5544

3

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

27,541

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

4574

4

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

24,071

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3270

5

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

22,855

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

3203

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

20,821

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2880

7

James Hines (Michigan)

20,614

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2248

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

19.907

Omri Marian (Florida)

1950

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

19,612

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1865

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

18,172

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1750

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

17,378

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1620

12

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

15,836

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1603

13

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15.664

David Gamage (UC-Berkeley)

1530

14

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

15,445

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1502

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

15,429

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

1489

16

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

15,162

William Byrnes (T. Jefferson)

1389

17

David Weisbach (Chicago)

15,096

Dick Harvey (Villanova)

1337

18

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

15,079

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1282

19

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

14,896

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1224

20

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

14,616

James Hines (Michigan)

1189

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

14,443

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1151

22

David Walker (BU)

14,274

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1130

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

13,105

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

1119

24

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

12,746

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1117

25

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

12,038

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

1078

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/2015/05/ssrn-tax-.html

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