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Thursday, July 6, 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 June 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.)

69,648

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

12,832

2

Michael Simkovic (USC)

36,521

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

9116

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

33,215

Michael Simkovic (USC)

4082

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

30,984

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

4063

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,232

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

3343

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,802

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3040

7

James Hines (Michigan)

22,930

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2834

8

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

22,677

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2521

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,126

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

2433

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,033

David Gamage (Indiana)

2404

11

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

21,058

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2226

12

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,284

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2065

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

19,398

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1943

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

18,988

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

1818

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

18,342

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1694

16

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

18,148

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

1691

17

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

17,733

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1648

18

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,610

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1600

19

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,525

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1599

20

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

17,320

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1535

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

17,202

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1529

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,539

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1466

23

David Walker (BU)

15,674

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1403

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

14,834

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1392

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

13,972

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

1388

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/2017/07/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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