Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, June 4, 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 May 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)  183,287 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 20,003
Dan Shaviro (NYU) 118,215 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 17,967
David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 113,771 David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 14,930
Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 112,093 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  14,927
Lily Batchelder (NYU) 111,432 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 14,307
Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 107,883 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 14,108
Cliff Fleming (BYU) 103,162 David Kamin (NYU) 13,104
David Kamin (NYU) 100,047 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 12,955
Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 100,026 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 12,762
10  Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 99,169 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)  12,557
11  Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 97,919 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 12,554
12  Michael Simkovic (USC) 42,930 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 3,198
13  D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 36,678 Michael Simkovic (USC) 3,180
14  Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 35,376 Jacob Goldin (Stanford) 2,766
15  Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 31,360 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 2,680
16  Richard Ainsworth (BU) 27,457 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,525
17  Ed Kleinbard (USC) 25,708 Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 2,482
18  Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,383 Joe Bankman (Stanford) 2,422
19  Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,334 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,411
20  Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 23,965 Kirk Stark (UCLA) 2,140
21  Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,327 Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 2,070
22  Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,392 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,874
23  Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 22,526 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,859
24  Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 22,126 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 1,674
25  Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 22,026 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,621

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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