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Thursday, September 27, 2018

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

SSRN Logo (2018)SSRN 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 ranking 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 September 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.)

174,737

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

103,235

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

111,729

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

100,208

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

107,618

David Gamage (Indiana)

95,192

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

105,727

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

94,680

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

104,746

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

94,191

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

101,644

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

93,916

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

97,643

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

92,285

8

David Kamin (NYU)

94,448

David Kamin (NYU)

92,013

9

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

94,379

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

91,930

10

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)

93,763

Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 

91,561

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

91,934

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 

91,487

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

40,836

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,135

13

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

35,037

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,741

14

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,685

Jacob Goldin (Stanford) 

3,671

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

30,136

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,568

16

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

25,435

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,343

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

25,051

Kirk Stark (UCLA)    

3,322

18

Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)

24,820

Joe Bankman (Stanford) 

3,251

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

23,925

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 

2,902

20

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,729

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)  

2,554

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

23,062

Ruth Mason (Virginia) 

2,431

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,908

Sam Donaldson (Georgia St.) 

2,403

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,427

Hugh Ault (Boston College) 

2,291

24

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

20,748

Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 

2,135

25

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,411

Stephen Shay (Harvard)

2,037

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/2018/09/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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