Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, September 25, 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 September 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 (Michigan)  185,453 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 11,720
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 118,935 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 8,581
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 114,894 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 7,276
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 112,023 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 7,206
5 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 108,628 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  6,984
6 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 103,711 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 6,574
7 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 100,671 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 6,296
8 David Kamin (NYU) 100,657 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 6,292
9 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 99,872 David Kamin (NYU) 6,209
10 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 98,509 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)  6,109
11 Michael Simkovic (USC) 43,366 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 6,068
12 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 37,364 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 2,706
13 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 35,825 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,666
14 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 32,038 Michael Simkovic (USC) 2,571
15 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 28,101 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 2,523
16 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,013 Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 2,352
17 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,612 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,326
18 Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,617 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,145
19 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,063 Kirk Stark (UCLA) 2,140
20 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,655 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,095
21 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,475 Dennis Ventry (UC-Davis) 2,070
22 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 23,180 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,902
23 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 22,893 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,863
24 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 22,428 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,645
25 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 8,581 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 1,362

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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