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Thursday, December 28, 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 December 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.)

74,442

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

22,319

2

Michael Simkovic (USC)

38,095

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

13,009

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

33,900

D, Dharmapala (Chicago)

3569

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

32,606

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

3519

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,866

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3443

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

24,212

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3388

7

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

23,871

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

3020

8

James Hines (Michigan)

23,354

David Gamage (Indiana)

2895

9

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

22,768

Andy Grewal (Iowa)

2878

10

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

22,690

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

2676

11

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,477

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2579

12

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,388

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2532

13

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,774

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

2517

14

David Weisbach (Chicago)

19,999

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2412

15

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

19,713

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2283

16

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

18,905

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

2127

17

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

18,887

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

1967

18

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

18,513

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1895

19

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

18,198

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1853

20

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

18,144

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1796

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

17,946

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

1746

22

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,867

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1650

23

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,676

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

1617

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

16,046

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1591

25

David Walker (BU)

15,860

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

1508

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:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2017/12/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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