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Monday, February 29, 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 February 1, 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 (Mich.)

53,141

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich)

9542

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

30,484

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

4694

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

30,284

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3932

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

25,384

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2527

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

25,252

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2181

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

21,946

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2019

7

James Hines (Michigan)

21,414

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1861

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

20,550

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1847

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

20,279

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1696

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

19,282

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

1676

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

18,332

Nancy McLaughlin (Utah)

1673

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

17,089

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1526

13

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

16,614

Chris Hoyt (UMKC)

1525

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

16,305

Jack Manhire (Texas A&M)

1490

15

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

16,182

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1478

16

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

16,064

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1453

17

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

15,968

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1413

18

David Weisbach (Chicago)

15,917

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1340

19

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

15,873

Francine Lipman (UNLV))

1212

20

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

15,523

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

1155

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

15,050

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1133

22

David Walker (BU)

14,799

Ruth Mason (Virginia)

1131

23

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

14,341

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1093

24

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

13,048

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1085

25

Steven Bank (UCLA)

12,659

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

1063

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/2016/02/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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