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Tuesday, October 18, 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 October 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.)

59,656

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

10,519

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

33,897

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

4873

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

32,118

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3593

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

28,168

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2769

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

26,540

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2356

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

22,968

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

2201

7

James Hines (Michigan)

22,124

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2240

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

21,344

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

2178

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

21,279

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2099

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

21,023

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

2076

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

19,305

Chris Hoyt (UMKC)

1880

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

18,737

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1851

13

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

18,020

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1812

14

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

17,317

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1778

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

17,296

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1716

16

David Weisbach (Chicago)

17,192

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1678

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

16,905

Nancy McLaughlin (Utah)

1604

18

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

16,771

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1594

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

16,504

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1590

20

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,194

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1425

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

15,998

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1389

22

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

15,986

Jack Manhire (Texas A&M)

1380

23

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

15,259

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1374

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

13,961

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1354

25

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

13,289

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1322

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/2016/10/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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