Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 9, 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 July 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)  191,980 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,554
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 120,857 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 5,173
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 116,974 David Kamin (NYU) 4,892
4 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 116,895 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 4,135
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 116,579 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,836
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 110,214 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,485
7 David Kamin (NYU) 105,294 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,183
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    104,927 Diane Ring (Boston College) 2,773
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,094 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,696
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 100,922 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  2,680
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 99,709 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,598
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 44,553 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,446
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 41,163 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,189
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 37,011 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,977
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 33,399 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,909
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 30,210 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,867
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 26,933 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 1,728
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,196 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)    1,658
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,209 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,607
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 24,765 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,442
21 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 24,378 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,425
22 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,373 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,424
23 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 24,271 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,420
24 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,186 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 1,418
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,768 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,311

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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