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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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 January 1, 2015) 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.)

43,117

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

6916

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

27,472

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

5242

3

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

23,393

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

2884

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

21,429

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina) 

2754

5

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

20,438

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2705

6

James Hines (Michigan)

20,255

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2487

7

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

19,490

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1935

8

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

19.282

Omri Marian (Florida)

1855

9

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

17,106

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1776

10

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

16,735

David Gamage (UCBerkeley)

1681

11

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,532

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1658

12

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

15,471

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1563

13

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

14,902

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

1529

14

David Weisbach (Chicago)

14,770

DIck Harvey (Villanova)

1456

15

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

14,728

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1437

16

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

14,634

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1426

17

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

14,618

James Hines (Michigan)

1305

18

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

14,485

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1272

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

14,242

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1269

20

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

14,190

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1240

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

14,142

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1241

22

Dan Shaviro (NYUt)

12,693

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

1178

23

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

12,604

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1167

24

Wendy Gerzog (Baltimore)

11,898

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

1131

25

Ed McCaffery (USC)

11,865

Steve Willis (Florida)

1106

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/2015/01/ssrn-tax-.html

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