Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 26, 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 June 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 (Michigan)  183,904 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 19,128
Dan Shaviro (NYU) 118,494 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 16,752
David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 114,041 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  13,878
Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 112,425 David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 13,762
Lily Batchelder (NYU) 111,676 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 13,545
Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 108,155 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 13,026
Cliff Fleming (BYU) 103,389 David Kamin (NYU) 12,518
David Kamin (NYU) 100,287 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 12,387
Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 100,244 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 12,171
10  Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 99,397 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 11,944
11  Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 98,164 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)  11,848
12  Michael Simkovic (USC) 43,028 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,946
13  D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 36,866 Michael Simkovic (USC) 2,925
14  Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 35,469 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 2,573
15  Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 31,570 Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 2,444
16  Richard Ainsworth (BU) 27,625 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 2,368
17  Ed Kleinbard (USC) 25,840 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,366
18  Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,452 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,327
19  Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,386 Jacob Goldin (Stanford) 2,296
20  Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 23,982 Joe Bankman (Stanford) 1,971
21  Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,450 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,912
22  Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,423 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,862
23  Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 22,664 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,707
24  Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 22,271 Kirk Stark (UC-Davis) 1,667
25  Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 22,120 Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 1,622

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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