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Tuesday, October 9, 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 October 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.)

176,646

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

104,534

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

113,132

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

101,579

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

109,012

David Gamage (Indiana)

96,359

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

106,906

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 

95,948

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

106,213

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

95,447

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

103,059

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

95,249

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

98,817

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

93,267

8

David Kamin (NYU)

95,623

David Kamin (NYU)

93,157

9

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

95,655

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

93,050

10

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)

94,914

Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 

92,782

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

93,163

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 

92,627

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

41,087

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,052

13

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

35,261

Jacob Goldin (Stanford)  

3,787

14

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,742

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,701

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

30,264

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,580

16

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

25,717

Kirk Stark (UCLA) 

3,449

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

25,157

Joe Bankman (Stanford) 

3,384

18

Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)

24,875

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,295

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

23,983

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 

3,010

20

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,762

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)  

2,496

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

23,102

Ruth Mason (Virginia) 

2,463

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,944

Sam Donaldson (Georgia St.) 

2,437

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,467

Hugh Ault (Boston College) 

2,241

24

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

20,999

Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 

2,226

25

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,461

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2,123

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/2018/10/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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