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Tuesday, November 20, 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 November 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.)

178,540

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

105,338

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

114,509

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

102,784

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

110,268

David Gamage (Indiana)

97,375

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

108,229

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 

97,046

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

107,673

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

96,591

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

104,322

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

96,523

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

99,943

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

94,480

8

David Kamin (NYU)

96,820

David Kamin (NYU)

94,295

9

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

96,814

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

94,034

10

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)

96,116

Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 

93,961

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

94,361

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 

93,796

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

41,337

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

10,686

13

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

35,481

Jacob Goldin (Stanford)  

3,889

14

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,815

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,607

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

30,390

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,507

16

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

25,956

Kirk Stark (UCLA) 

3,507

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

25,232

Joe Bankman (Stanford) 

3,460

18

Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)

25,011

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,226

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

24,039

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 

3,052

20

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,787

Ruth Mason (Virginia) 

2,529

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

23,145

Sam Donaldson (Georgia St.)

2,470

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

22,985

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,355

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,544

Brad Borden (Brooklyn

2,275

24

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

21,235

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)  

2,193

25

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,542

Hugh Ault (Boston College) 

2,178

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/2018/11/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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