Paul L. Caron

Thursday, June 18, 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 June 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)  191,246 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,362
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 120,723 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,985
3 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 116,722 David Kamin (NYU) 4,851
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 116,660 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,873
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 116,321 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,044
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 110,035 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 2,828
7 David Kamin (NYU) 105,138 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,676
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    104,851 Diane Ring (Boston College) 2,520
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,023 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,435
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 100,855 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  2,433
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 99,638 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,381
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 44,460 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,226
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 38,979 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,098
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 36,860 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,941
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 33,290 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,874
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 30,016 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,865
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,781 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 1,778
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,149 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,718
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,156 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)    1,591
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 24,532 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,475
21 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,316 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,461
22 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 24,226 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 1,459
23 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,175 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,426
24 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 23,780 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,387
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,749 Yariv Brauner (Florida)  1,329

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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