Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 17, 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 April 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
Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.)  183,666  Reuven Avi-Yonah (Mich.) 21,321
Dan Shaviro (NYU) 117,867  Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 19,172
David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 113,415  David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 15,836
Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 111,563  Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  15,812
Lily Batchelder (NYU) 111,135  David Kamin (NYU) 15,561
Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 107,504  Dan Shaviro (NYU) 15,472
Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 102,881  Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 15,039
Cliff Fleming (BYU) 102,619  Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 13,791
David Kamin (NYU) 99,730  Lily Batchelder (NYU) 13,642
10  Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 98,903  Cliff Fleming (BYU) 13,457
11  Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 97,606  Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)  13,423
12  Michael Simkovic (USC) 42,553  Richard Ainsworth (BU) 3,373
13  D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 36,489  Michael Simkovic (USC) 3,138
14  Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 35,251  Jacob Goldin (Stanford) 2,799
15  Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 31,105  Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 2,702
16  Richard Ainsworth (BU) 27,230  D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,519
17  Ed Kleinbard (USC) 25,566  Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 2,489
18  Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,320  Joe Bankman (Stanford) 2,462
19  Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,268  Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,415
20  Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 23,948  Kirk Stark (UCLA) 2,207
21  Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,327  Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 2,124
22  Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,289  Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,934
23  Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 22,377  Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,924
24  Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 21,997  Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 1,799
25  Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 21,911  Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,647

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:

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