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Tuesday, November 15, 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 November 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.)

60,359

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

10,284

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

34,300

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

4937

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

32,233

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

4213

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

28,494

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3659

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

26,738

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2424

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,060

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2398

7

James Hines (Michigan)

22,213

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2363

8

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

21,400

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

2249

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

21,326

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

2155

10

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

21,289

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2108

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

19,398

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1870

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

18,948

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1864

13

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

18,143

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

1760

14

Brad Borden (Broklyn)

17,450

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1751

15

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

17,381

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1629

16

David Weisbach (Chicago)

17,278

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1627

17

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

16,956

Chris Hoyt (UMKC)

1614

18

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

16,884

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1576

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

16,582

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1470

20

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,194

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1418

21

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

16,131

Nancy McLaughlin (Utah)

1390

22

Bridget Craford (Pace)

16,225

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

1364

23

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

15,298

Jack Manhire (Texas A&M)

1354

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

14,095

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1344

25

Herwig Schlunk (Vanderbilt)

13,315

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1307

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/2016/11/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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