Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, December 10, 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 2017 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 December 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)  187,160 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,109
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 119,716 David Kamin (NYU) 5,766
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 115,552 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 5,753
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 114,993 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 5,600
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 114,323 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 4,260
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 109,145 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 4,084
7 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 104,102 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  3,784
8 David Kamin (NYU) 103,554 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 3,632
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 101,342 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 3,544
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 100,266 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 3,186
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 98,966 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)  3,180
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 43,708 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,056
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 37,884 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,472
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 36,173 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 2,399
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 32,498 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,167
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 28,689 Michael Simkovic (USC) 2,103
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,261 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 1,998
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,827 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,941
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,786 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,936
20 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,093 Kyle Rozema (Chicago) 1,868
21 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,853 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,847
22 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,556 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,675
23 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 23,693 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 1,316
24 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 23,365 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,304
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 22,751 George Yin (Virginia) 1,233

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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