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Thursday, December 17, 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 December 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 (Michigan)

51,061

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

8464

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

29,956

Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall)

4599

3

Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall)

29,764

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3828

4

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

25,115

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2771

5

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

25,064

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

2240

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

21,661

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2097

7

James Hines (Michigan)

21,274

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2076

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

20,413

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1849

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

20,072

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1828

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

19,067

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1791

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

18,125

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1719

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

16,691

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1504

13

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

16,456

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1478

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

16,131

Chris Hoyt (UMKC)

1446

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

16,032

Jack Manhire (Texas A&M)

1397

16

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

15,883

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1332

17

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,837

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1328

18

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

15,718

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1318

19

David Weisbach (Chicago)

15,640

Nancy McLaughlin (Utah)

1239

20

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

15,379

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

1231

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

14,903

Ruth Mason (Virginia)

1184

22

David Walker (BU)

14,658

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1173

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

14,167

Dick Harvey (Villanova)

1141

24

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

12,969

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1136

25

Steven Bank (UCLA)

12,532

James Hines (Michigan)

1097

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/2015/12/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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