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Thursday, March 28, 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 March 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.)

182,983

Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)

23,702

2

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

117,556

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

21,322

3

David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.)

113,062

Dan Shaviro (NYU)

17,876

4

Daniel Hemel (Chicago)

110,952

David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.)

17,648

5

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

110,874

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 

17,588

6

Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)

107,140

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

16,838

7

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

102,619

David Kamin (NYU)

15,561

8

Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings)

99,411

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

15,512

9

David Kamin (NYU)

99,361

Lily Batchelder (NYU)

15,405

10

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)

98,660

Cliff Fleming (BYU)

15,229

11

Ari Glogower (Ohio State)

97,315

Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 

15,151

12

Michael Simkovic (USC)

42,181

Richard Ainsworth (BU) 3,618

13

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

36,283

Michael Simkovic (USC)

3,184

14

Paul Caron (Pepperdine)

35,147

Jacob Goldin (Stanford)

2,850

15

Louis Kaplow (Harvard)

30,929

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

2,793

16

Richard Ainsworth (BU)

27,000

D. Dharmapala (Chicago)

2,633

17

Ed Kleinbard (USC)

25,502

Kyle Rozema (Chicago)

2,520

18

Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)

25,269

Joe Bankman (Stanford)

2,506

19

Jim Hines (Michigan)

24,218

Ruth Mason (Virginia)

2,445

20

Gladriel Shobe (BYU)

23,920

Kirk Stark (UCLA)

2,263

21

Richard Kaplan (Illinois)

23,286

Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis)

2,154

22

Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)

23,217

Hugh Ault (Boston College)

1,969

23

Brad Borden (Brooklyn)

22,216

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

1,862

24

Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)

21,829

Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)

1,791

25

Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)

21,806

Omri Marian (UC-Irvine)

1,669

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/2019/03/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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