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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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.  This ranking includes downloads from two 30- and 35-page papers by 12 tax professors on the new tax legislation that garnered a lot of media attention (including the New York Times and Washington Post) and generated a massive amount of downloads (the papers are the most downloaded papers over the past 12 months across all of SSRN and the most downloaded tax papers of all-time by over 200%).  See Brian Leiter (Chicago), 11 Tax Profs Blow Up The SSRN Download Rankings. (For some reason, Mitchell Kane (NYU) — the twelfth academic co-author of the two papers — is not included in the SSRN download rankings (although the downloads are included on his individual author page)).  Here is the new list (through  April 1, 2018) 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.)

162,345

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

94,878

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

102,395

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

89,272

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

97,539

David Gamage (Indiana)

86,498

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

97,493

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

85,438

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

92,522

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

84,622

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

91,692

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

84,594

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

89,424

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

84,544

8

David Kamin (NYU)

85,789

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

84,268

9

Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn)

85,480

David Kamin (NYU)

83,610

10

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

84,703

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

83,605

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

83,815

Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn)

83,283

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

39,415

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,060

13

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,293

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,558

14

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

33,970

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,467

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

29,458

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,465

16

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

24,557

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,971

17

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

24,519

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

2,529

18

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

23,857

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

2,414

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

23,657

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

2,286

20

Gladriel Shobe (NYU)

23,578

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2,158

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,769

Sam Donaldson (Georgia St.)

2,117

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,648

Jacon Goldin (Stanford)

2,099

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,101

Ruth Mason (Virginia)

1,966

24

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,227

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

1,815

25

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

20,061

Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)

1,805

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/2018/05/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings-1.html

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Comments

If they ranked by professors as to being genuinely nice and good teachers, a certain one from Pepperdine would move up thirteen places.

Posted by: Woody | May 1, 2018 7:11:45 AM