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Tuesday, August 1, 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 July 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.)

70,375

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

12,771

2

Michael Simkovic (USC)

36,723

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

9186

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

33,320

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

4039

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

31,256

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3900

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,327

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

3277

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,861

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3146

7

James Hines (Michigan)

23,003

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2969

8

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

22,943

David Gamage (Indiana)

2699

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,146

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

2511

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,096

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2506

11

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

21,343

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2104

12

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,357

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2022

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

19,477

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

1893

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

19,048

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1686

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

18,424

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

1665

16

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

18,203

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1650

17

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,807

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1649

18

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

17,655

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1625

19

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

17,616

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1551

20

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,583

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1533

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

17,297

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1508

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,560

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1474

23

David Walker (BU)

15,692

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1388

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

14,884

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1388

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

14,052

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

1387

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.html

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