TaxProf Blog

Editor: Paul L. Caron
Pepperdine University School of Law

A Member of the Law Professor Blogs Network

Thursday, September 17, 2009

SSRN Tax Faculty Metropolitan Area Rankings

SSRN Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.) has updated his rankings of the Top 10 Tax Faculties by Metropolitan Region, as measured by the number of SSRN downloads (through 8/19/09):

 

 

All-Time Downloads

 

Recent Downloads

1

Los Angeles

38,967

Los Angeles

8351

2

Boston

37.906

New York

7422

3

New York

31.130

Ann Arbor/Detroit

7376

4

Ann Arbor/Detroit

27.848

Boston

6096

5

Chicago

18.014

Chicago

5512

6

Philadelphia

16.610

Champaign-Urbana

4366

7

Champaign-Urbana

15.724

Washington

4059

8

Washington

14.334

Davis, CA

3976

9

Denver

13.418

Connecticut

3109

10

Davis, CA

9474

Philadelphia

2843

For purpose of Ted’s analysis, a tax professor is initially defined as any full-time law professor at a U.S. law school (1) self-identifying with one of the tax categories in the AALS faculty listing, (2) who has posted at least one tax or tax-related article in abstract or full text on SSRN. Paul Caron’s listing of new hires and lateral transfers is also reflected. Further corrections are made as requested. As is true of Paul Caron’s ranking of individual tax professors, downloads of all SSRN postings of any tax professor, so defined, are then tallied. Articles co-authored by members of a single faculty are counted only once towards that faculty’s tally.

For more on the use of SSRN downloads in law school rankings, see Bernard S. Black & Paul L. Caron, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006).

September 17, 2009 in Tax, Tax Faculty Metro Area Rankings | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Seto on The Top 10 Tax Faculties By Metropolitan Region

Ssrn_100Seto_2 As regular readers of this blog know, I prepare a weekly ranking of the Top 5 New Tax Papers, as well as a monthly ranking of the Top 25 Tax Professors, as measured by the number of SSRN downloads.  Theodore P. Seto (Loyola-L.A.) has gone a step further and prepared a study for publication here, SSRN Tax Faculty Downloads by Law School and City.  I am sharing the results of Ted's study this week on TaxProf Blog.

In today's final installment, Ted ranks the Top 10 Tax Faculties by Metropolitan Region, as measured by the number of SSRN downloads (through 7/1/06):

Ssrn_tax_faculty_downloads_by_city

Here is Ted's conclusion:

SSRN downloads are, of course, only one measure of scholarly productivity and impact, and scholarship is certainly not the only relevant measure of the quality of a law faculty. With these qualifications, however, it’s pretty clear who comes out on top: Los Angeles can fairly claim to be one of the most productive centers of tax scholarship in the U.S.

Ted Seto's 3-Part Study of Tax Faculties:

Ted has graciously agreed to update the Top 25 Tax Faculties and Top Graduate Tax Faculties rankings each month, so watch for these updated rankings each month, along with our monthly update of the Top 25 Tax Faculty rankings.

For more on the use of SSRN downloads in law school rankings, see Bernard S. Black & Paul L. Caron, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006). For more details about Ted's study, see below the fold:

Continue reading

July 21, 2006 in Tax Faculty Metro Area Rankings | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)