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Wednesday, July 27, 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 July 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.)

57,604

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

10,365

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

32,823

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

4681

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

31,655

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3272

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

27,217

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2747

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

26,223

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2437

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

22,473

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1975

7

James Hines (Michigan)

21,901

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1926

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

21,161

Nancy McLaughlin (Utah)

1913

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

21,156

Chris Hoyt (UMKC)

1778

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

19,974

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1744

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

19,005

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1738

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

18,197

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1736

13

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

17,362

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

1731

14

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

17,080

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1681

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

17,036

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

1520

16

David Weisbach (Chicago)

16,971

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1493

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

16,675

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1445

18

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

16,513

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1441

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

16,147

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1417

20

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,110

Jack Manhire (Texas A&M)

1390

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

15,673

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1360

22

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

15,105

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1330

23

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

15,071

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1265

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

13,410

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1255

25

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

13,175

Gregg Polsky (N. Carolina)

1223

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/2016/07/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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