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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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 January 1, 2017) 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.)

62,680

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

10,604

2

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

35,095

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

6851

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

32,563

Michael Simkovic (S. Hall)

5016

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

29,385

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

4069

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

27,407

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2585

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

23,323

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

2539

7

James Hines (Michigan)

22,532

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

2464

8

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

21,773

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

2372

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

21,585

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2234

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

21,566

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

2205

11

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

19,646

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2155

12

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

19,520

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1854

13

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

18,414

David Weisbach (Chicago)

1823

14

Brad Borden (Broklyn)

17,779

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1808

15

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

17,705

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1775

16

David Weisbach (Chicago)

17,549

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1636

17

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,178

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1626

18

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,095

Brian Galle (Georgetown)

1517

19

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

16,921

Christopher Hoyt (UMKC)

1507

20

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

16,609

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

1490

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

16,482

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1484

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,324

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

1471

23

David Walker (Boston Univ.)

15,460

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

1469

24

Steven Bank (UCLA)

14,367

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1450

25

Ed McCaffery (USC)

13,510

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1442

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/2017/01/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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