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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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, 2017) 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.)

64,760

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

11,584

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

35,349

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

8184

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

32,687

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

4840

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

29,703

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

4123

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

27,662

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2790

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,417

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2598

7

James Hines (Michigan)

22,600

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2394

8

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

22,077

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

2380

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

21,670

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2276

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

21,637

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2213

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

19,759

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2204

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

19,714

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

2193

13

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

18,500

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1861

14

David Weisbach (Chicago)

18,145

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1789

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

17,882

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1786

16

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

17,785

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1638

17

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,229

David Gamage (Indiana)

1626

18

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,182

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1546

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

17,068

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1544

20

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

16,725

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1543

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

16,583

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1529

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,362

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

1520

23

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

15,499

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1506

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

14,446

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

1499

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

13,551

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1469

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/2017/02/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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