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Thursday, December 29, 2016

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 December 1, 2016) 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.)

61,433

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

10,340

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

34,707

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

6477

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

29,037

Michael Simkovic (S.Hall)

4927

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

28,494

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3961

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

26,971

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2522

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,210

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2433

7

James Hines (Michigan)

22,368

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2389

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

21,494

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

2249

9

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

21,486

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2180

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

21,459

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

2143

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

19,544

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1892

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

19,247

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1852

13

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

18,276

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1820

14

Brad Borden (Broklyn)

17,641

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1776

15

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

17,498

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1718

16

David Weisbach (Chicago)

17,420

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1610

17

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,052

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1568

18

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,017

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1544

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

16,737

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

1531

20

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

16,452

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1441

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

16,355

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1440

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,279

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1421

23

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

15,405

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1417

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

14,250

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1401

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

13,378

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

1391

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/2016/12/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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