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Thursday, January 28, 2016

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 3, 2016) 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)

52,118

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)

8947

2

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

30,103

Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall)

4604

3

Michael Simkovic (Seton Hall)

30,085

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3880

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

25,319

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2617

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

25,252

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2150

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

21,835

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2073

7

James Hines (Michigan)

21,344

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1845

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

20,482

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1825

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

20,115

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

1816

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

19,193

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1722

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

18,223

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1539

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

16,883

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1499

13

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

16,537

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1480

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

16,210

Chris Hoyt (UMKC)

1471

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

16,094

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1460

16

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

16,010

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1396

17

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,855

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1389

18

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

15,821

Nancy McLaughlin (Utah)

1349

19

David Weisbach (Chicago)

15,727

Jack Manhire (Texas A&M)

1333

20

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

15,471

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1229

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

15,000

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

1186

22

David Walker (BU)

14,708

Ruth Mason (Virginia)

1167

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

14,237

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1125

24

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

13,009

James Hines (Michigan)

1083

25

Steven Bank (UCLA)

12,592

Dick Harvey (Villanova)

1068

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/2016/01/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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Comments

3,000 law professors. Huh. Before the downturn in 2010 (the existence of which some of these highly-ranked profs are still trying to deny), there were more than 17,000 law professors. Just saying.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jan 28, 2016 8:32:26 AM