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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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 May 1, 2014) 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 Downloads

 

Recent Downloads

1

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

38,386

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

7062

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

25,712

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2752

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

22,468

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2533

4

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

19,670

D. Dharmapala (Illinois) 

2512

5

D. Dharmapala (Illinois)

19,585

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2508

6

James Hines (Michigan)

19,425

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

2135

7

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

18,788

Bridget Crawford (Pace]

1882

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

18,544

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

1873

9

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

15,628

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1865

10

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,271

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1852

11

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

14,717

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1768

12

David Weisbach (Chicago)

14,030

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1758

13

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

13,949

Omri Marian (Florida)

1683

14

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

13,940

James Hines (Florida)

1583

15

David Walker (BU)

13,776

Dick Harvey (Villanova)

1530

16

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

13,481

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.M.)

1492

17

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

13,394

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1414

18

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

13,392

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1401

19

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

13,296

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1353

20

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

13,197

Susan Morse (Texas)

1344

21

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

12,528

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1302

22

Herwig Schlunck (Vanderbilt)

12,403

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

1276

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

11,823

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1178

24

Ed McCaffery (USC)

11,630

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1164

25

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

11,572

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

1162

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/2014/05/ssrn-tax-.html

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