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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

SSRN Logo (2018)SSRN 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 May 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.)

164,218

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

95,567

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

103,908

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

90,782

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

98,839

David Gamage (Indiana)

87,310

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

98,670

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

86,743

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

94,258

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

86,617

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

92,956

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

85,829

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

90,608

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

85,540

8

David Kamin (NYU)

86,943

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

85,254

9

Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn)

86,612

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

84,752

10

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

85,918

David Kamin (NYU)

84,654

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

84,964

Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn)

84,391

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

39,750

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,047

13

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,389

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,575

14

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

34,267

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,533

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

29,739

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,504

16

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

24,689

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

2,587

17

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

24,606

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

2,487

18

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

24,259

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,314

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

23,743

Sam Donaldson (Georgia St.)   

2,244

20

Gladriel Shobe (NYU)

23,591

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

2,178

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,827

Jacob Goldin (Stanford)

2,158

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,725

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2,153

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,201

Ruth Mason (Virginia)    

2,113

24

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,267

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

1,829

25

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

20,267

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1,730

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.html

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