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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

SSRN Logo (2018)SSRN has updated its monthly ranking 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 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 February 1, 2019) 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.)

182,193

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

27,506

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

117,168

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

25,258

3

David Gamage (Indiana)

112,693

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

21,043

4

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

110,523

David Gamage (Indiana)

20,904

5

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

110,453

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 

20,798

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

106,758

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

20,051

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

102,268

David Kamin (NYU)

18,655

8

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

99,047

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

18,513

9

David Kamin (NYU)

99,038

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

18,410

10

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)

98,333

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

18,327

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

96,680

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 

18,228

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

42,151

Richard Ainsworth (BU) 3,598

13

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

36,107

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,516

14

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

35,056

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

3,413

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

30,850

Jacob Goldin (Stanford)

3,014

16

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

26,764

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

3,011

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

25,441

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

2,798

18

Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)

25,221

Ruth Mason (Virginia)

2,719

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

24,176

Joe Bankman (Stanford)

2,627

20

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,914

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,417

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

23,239

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

2,288

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

23,142

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

2,007

23

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,733

Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)

1,917

24

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

21,699

Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)

1,566

25

David Weisbach (Chicago)

20,741

Yariv Brauner (Florida)

1,369

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/2019/02/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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