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Thursday, December 13, 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 December 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.)

180,090

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

105,640

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

115,632

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

103,692

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

111,291

David Gamage (Indiana)

98,213

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

109,240

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 

97,990

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

108,810

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

97,473

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

105,360

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

97,434

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

100,916

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

95,225

8

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

97,798

David Kamin (NYU)

95,179

9

David Kamin (NYU)

97,788

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

94,845

10

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)

97,086

Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 

94,836

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

95,334

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 

94,704

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

41,662

Jacob Goldin (Stanford)   3,995

13

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

35,716

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,567

14

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,869

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,527

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

30,560

Joe Bankman (Stanford) 

3,494

16

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

26,217

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

3,454

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

25,314

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,110

18

Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)

25,088

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 

3,090

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

24,084

Ruth Mason (Virginia) 

2,608

20

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,798

Sam Donaldson (Georgia St.)

2,510

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

23,190

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2,406

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

23,033

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,272

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,590

Hugh Ault (Boston College) 

2,103

24

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

21,424

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1,935

25

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,597

Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)

1,878

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/2018/12/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings-1.html

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