Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, February 19, 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 February 1, 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)  188,030 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 6,897
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 120,013 David Kamin (NYU) 5,254
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 116,012 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 5,186
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 115,709 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 4,481
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 114,832 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 3,319
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 109,398 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,166
7 David Kamin (NYU) 104,292 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,845
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    104,281 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,639
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 101,573 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 2,526
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 100,444 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 2,301
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 99,212 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,260
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 43,940 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 2,111
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 38,130 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,022
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 36,366 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 2,013
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 32,727 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 1,966
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 29,024 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,951
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,372 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,898
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,931 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,877
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,873 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,855
20 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,106 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,818
21 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 23,960 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,748
22 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 23,935 Kyle Rozema (Washington U.) 1,541
23 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 23,650 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 1,324
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,607 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,310
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 22,928 Leandra Lederman (Indiana Bloom.) 1,246

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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