Paul L. Caron

Thursday, May 14, 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 May 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)  190,140 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 6,829
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 120,560 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 5,004
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 116,568 David Kamin (NYU) 4,881
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 116,474 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,646
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 115,699 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 2,820
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 109,884 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,767
7 David Kamin (NYU) 104,961 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,540
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    104,719 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,311
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 101,931 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,226
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 100,784 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,215
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 99,551 Diane Ring (Boston College) 2,042
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 44,333 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  1,976
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 38,635 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,970
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 36,730 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,960
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 33,055 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 1,942
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 29,682 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 1,887
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,725 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,850
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,091 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,682
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,068 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,599
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 24,384 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 1,583
21 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,248 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,525
22 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,151 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,512
23 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 24,091 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,396
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,701 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,353
25 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 23,528 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)    1,295

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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