Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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.  Here is the new list (through January 5, 2020) 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)  187,671 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,341
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 119,866 David Kamin (NYU) 5,518
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 115,750 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 5,438
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 115,511 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 4,860
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 114,566 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 3,524
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 109,283 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 3,263
7 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 104,201 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,136
8 David Kamin (NYU) 104,115 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,978
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 101,471 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 2,968
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 100,364 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 2,846
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 99,126 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)  2,454
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 43,817 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 2,448
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 38,004 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,418
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 36,287 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 2,397
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 32,642 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,091
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 28,873 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,034
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,310 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,996
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,879 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,957
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,837 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,925
20 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,098 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,811
21 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,921 Kyle Rozema (Washington U.) 1,790
22 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 23,828 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,712
23 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,585 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 1,440
24 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 23,524 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,357
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 22,849 Leandra Lederman (Indiana Bloom.) 1,214

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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