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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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 30, 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.)

181,138

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

38,425

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

116,407

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

36,224

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

112,061

David Gamage (Indiana)

31,785

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

109,917

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 

31,572

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

109,616

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

30,983

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

106,140

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

30,969

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

101,597

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

28,620

8

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

98,469

David Kamin (NYU)

28,593

9

David Kamin (NYU)

98,444

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

28,333

10

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)

97,750

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

28,326

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

95,987

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 

28,159

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

41,885

Jacob Goldin (Stanford)   3,979

13

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

35,883

Joe Bankman (Stanford)

3,520

14

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

34,923

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

3,494

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

30,698

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,487

16

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

26,407

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

3,401

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

25,369

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

3,120

18

Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)

25,151

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

3,027

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

24,115

Ruth Mason (Virginia) 

2,680

20

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,803

Sam Donaldson (Georgia St.)

2,534

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

23,213

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2,498

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

23,067

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,267

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,625

Hugh Ault (Boston College) 

2,065

24

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

21,512

Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)

2,045

25

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,663

Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)

1,870

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/2019/01/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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