Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 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 April 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)        189,283 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)            6,687
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU)       120,309 Lily Batchelder (NYU)            5,044
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.)       116,324 David Kamin (NYU)            4,963
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU)       116,191 Daniel Hemel (Chicago)            3,871
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago)       115,360 Bridget Crawford (Pace)            3,159
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)       109,664 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.)            2,882
7 David Kamin (NYU)       104,710 Dan Shaviro (NYU)            2,426
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)          104,501 Richard Ainsworth (BU)            2,204
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings)       101,799 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)             2,134
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)       100,652 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings)            2,031
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State)         99,411 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)            1,937
12 Michael Simkovic (USC)        44,192 Ruth Mason (Virginia)            1,936
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago)        38,444 D. Dharmapala (Chicago)            1,935
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)         36,574 Hugh Ault (Boston College)            1,917
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard)        32,924 Brad Borden (Brooklyn)            1,814
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU)         29,448 Louis Kaplow (Harvard)            1,796
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC)        26,645 Ari Glogower (Ohio State)            1,788
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)         26,034 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham)            1,738
19 Jim Hines (Michigan)        24,976 Yariv Brauner (Florida)            1,641
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn)        24,195 Cliff Fleming (BYU)            1,608
21 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.)        24,159 Michael Simkovic (USC)            1,460
22 Gladriel Shobe (BYU)         24,143 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)              1,314
23 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)        23,944 Diane Ring (Boston College)            1,235
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois)         23,677 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.)            1,213
25 Bridget Crawford (Pace)         23,226 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)            1,190

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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