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Thursday, November 30, 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 November 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.)

73,183

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

12,822

2

Michael Simkovic (USC)

37,730

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

5530

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

33,777

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3753

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

32,255

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3501

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,745

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3430

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

24,117

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

2995

7

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

23,699

David Gamage (Indiana)

2948

8

James Hines (Michigan)

23,265

Andy Grewal (Iowa)

2905

9

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

22,337

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

2709

10

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,449

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2648

11

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,301

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2410

12

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,647

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2222

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

19,926

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

2050

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

19,589

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

2038

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

18,735

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2007

16

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

18,463

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1862

17

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

18,446

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

1761

18

Francine Lipman (UNLV))

18,078

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1661

19

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

17,986

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1579

20

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

17,792

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1574

21

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,781

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

1558

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,662

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

1544

23

Steven Bank (UCLA)

15,957

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1519

24

David Walker (BU)

15,827

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1496

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

14,344

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

1483

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/2017/11/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings-1.html

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