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Wednesday, November 1, 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 October 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.)

72,112

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

12,456

2

Michael Simkovic (USC)

37,386

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

7585

3

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

33,609

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3792

4

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

31,996

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3489

5

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,618

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3400

6

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

24,032

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

2978

7

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

23,474

Andy Grewal (Iowa)

2940

8

James Hines (Michigan)

23,181

David Gamage (Indiana)

2926

9

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,268

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2598

10

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,243

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2451

11

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

22,137

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

2079

12

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,565

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

2075

13

David Weisbach (Chicago)

19,790

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

2027

14

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

19,293

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

1891

15

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

18,735

Steven Bank (UCLA)

1801

16

Carter Bishop (Suffolk)

18,366

William Byrnes (Texas A&M)

1771

17

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

17,969

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1759

18

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

17,924

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

1656

19

Daniel Shaviro (NYU)

17,883

Jordan Barry (San Diego)

1590

20

Jen Kowal (Loyola-L.A.)

17,734

Jeff Kwall (Loyola-Chicago)

1549

21

Bridget Crawford (Pace)

17,654

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

1491

22

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

16,634

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

1486

23

Steven Bank (UCLA)

15,762

Francine Lipman (UNLV)

1465

24

David Walker (BU)

15,759

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

1450

25

Gregg Polsky (Georgia)

14,286

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

1439

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/2017/11/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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