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Tuesday, August 30, 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 August 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.)

58,337

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

10,512

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

33,181

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

4781

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

31,836

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3362

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

27,496

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2789

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

26,337

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2416

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

22,711

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

2040

7

James Hines (Michigan)

21,995

Nancy McLaughlin (Utah)

1946

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

21,222

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

1921

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

21,195

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1902

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

20,370

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

1883

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

19,104

Chris Hoyt (UMKC)

1836

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

18,379

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

1821

13

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

17,566

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1779

14

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

17,150

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1771

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

17,107

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1741

16

David Weisbach (Chicago)

17,057

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1676

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

16,756

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1472

18

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

16,614

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1414

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

16,260

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1413

20

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,136

Jack Manhire (Texas A&M)

1403

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

15,819

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1378

22

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

15,455

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1362

23

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

15,093

Richard Kaplan (Illinos)

1327

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

13,544

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1208

25

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

13,217

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

1204

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/2016/08/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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