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Wednesday, September 13, 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 September 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.)

71,502

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

12,589

2

Michael Simkovic (USC)

37,095

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

9108

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

33,494

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3828

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

31,694

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3519

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,524

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3307

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,957

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

3086

7

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

23,528

David Gamage (Indiana)

2863

8

James Hines (Michigan)

23,124

Andy Grewal (Iowa)

2830

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,216

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2572

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,199

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2569

11

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

21,867

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

2115

12

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,482

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2089

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

19,694

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

2018

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

19,183

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

1816

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

18,659

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1710

16

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

18,312

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1707

17

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,996

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1646

18

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

17,822

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1625

19

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

17,813

Jeffrey Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1580

20

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,680

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

1509

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

17,519

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

1502

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,615

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

1455

23

David Walker (BU)

15,739

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1453

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

15,512

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1431

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

14,227

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1424

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/2017/09/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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