Paul L. Caron

Thursday, March 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 March 2, 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)  188,632 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 6,685
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 120,177 David Kamin (NYU) 5,140
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 116,200 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 5,062
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 115,955 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 4,239
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 115,111 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,242
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 109,563 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 3,122
7 David Kamin (NYU) 104,519 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,604
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    104,395 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,406
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 101,715 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 2,284
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 100,562 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,214
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 99,333 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 2,001
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 44,042 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 1,996
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 38,290 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 1,996
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 36,475 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,947
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 32,829 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,890
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 29,228 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 1,885
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,574 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,847
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 25,980 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,793
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 24,912 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,788
20 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,117 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,757
21 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,100 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,636
22 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 24,070 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,323
23 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 23,785 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 1,282
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,652 Leandra Lederman (Indiana Bloom.) 1,207
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 23,022 Kyle Rozema (Washington U.) 1,152

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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