Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, July 24, 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 July 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)  184,418 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 16,885
Dan Shaviro (NYU) 118,651 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 14,545
David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 114,176 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  12,097
Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 112,722 David Gamage (Indiana-Bl.) 11,916
Lily Batchelder (NYU) 111,787 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 11,805
Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 108,323 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 11,224
Cliff Fleming (BYU) 103,496 David Kamin (NYU) 10,780
8 David Kamin (NYU) 100,391 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 10,703
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 100,353 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 10,468
10  Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 99,493 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 10,229
11  Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 98,273 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)  10,117
12  Michael Simkovic (USC) 43,116 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,813
13  D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 37,023 Michael Simkovic (USC) 2,788
14  Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 35,564 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 2,558
15  Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 31,720 Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 2,493
16  Richard Ainsworth (BU) 27,750 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 2,430
17  Ed Kleinbard (USC) 25,914 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,350
18  Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,506 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,252
19  Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,491 Jacob Goldin (Stanford) 2,198
20  Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 23,991 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,903
21  Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,498 Joe Bankman (Stanford) 1,864
22  Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,438 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,856
23  Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 22,781 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,777
24  Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 22,461 George Yin (Virginia) 1,676
25  Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 22,205 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,608

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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