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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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.  This is the first monthly ranking that includes downloads from two 30- and 35-page papers by 12 tax professors on the new tax legislation that garnered a lot of media attention (including the New York Times and Washington Post) and generated a massive amount of downloads (the papers are the most downloaded papers over the past 12 months across all of SSRN and the most downloaded tax papers of all-time by over 200%).  See Brian Leiter (Chicago), 11 Tax Profs Blow Up The SSRN Download Rankings. (For some reason, Mitchell Kane (NYU) — the twelfth academic co-author of the two papers — is not included in the SSRN download rankings (although the downloads are included on his individual author page)).  Here is the new list (through  January 1, 2018) 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.)

143,645

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

80,955

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

86,331

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

71,598

3

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

82,186

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

71,304

4

David Gamage (Indiana)

81,164

David Gamage (Indiana)

70,836

5

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

75,456

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

69,923

6

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

74,567

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

69,722

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

74,158

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

69,419

8

David Kamin (NYU)

70,740

David Kamin (NYU)

68,960

9

Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn)

70,479

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

68,374

10

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

68,541

Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn)

68,368

11

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

68,374

Ari Golgower (Ohio State)

68,343

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

34,013

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,042

13

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,013

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,479

14

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

32,864

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,398

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

28,986

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,310

16

Vic Fleischer (San Diego)

24,283

Michael Graetz (Columbia)

3,028

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

24,028

Andy Grewal (Iowa)

2,859

18

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,504

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,661

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

23,466

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

2,655

20

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

22,918

David Weisbach (Chicago)

2,507

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

22,524

WIlliam Byrnes (Texas A&M)

2,284

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,422

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

2,255

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

20,056

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

2,090

24

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,051

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

1,913

25

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

19,787

Chris Sanchirico (Penn)

1,839

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/2018/01/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings-1.html

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