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Tuesday, August 15, 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 August 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.)

70,871

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

12,534

2

Michael Simkovic (USC)

36,914

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

9112

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

33,387

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3972

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

31,470

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3733

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,394

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3220

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,912

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

3159

7

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

23,101

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2969

8

James Hines (Michigan)

23,047

David Gamage (Indiana)

2720

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,174

Andy Grewal (Iowa)

2708

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,152

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2491

11

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

21,599

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

2285

12

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,401

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2057

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

19,548

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

1927

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

19,128

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

1893

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

18,502

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1671

16

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

18,248

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1626

17

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,856

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1622

18

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

17,755

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1575

19

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

17,740

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1562

20

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,613

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

1551

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

17,394

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1495

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,600

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1482

23

David Walker (BU)

15,720

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

1420

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

14,933

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1395

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

14,149

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1389

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/2017/08/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings-1.html

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