Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, August 26, 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 August 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)  192,590 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,602
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 121,164 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 5,720
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 117,631 David Kamin (NYU) 5,377
4 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 117,052 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 4,357
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 116,870 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,826
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 110,355 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,824
7 David Kamin (NYU) 105,900 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,210
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,059 Diane Ring (Boston College) 2,883
9 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 102,169 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  2,792
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,036 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,706
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 99,845 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,477
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 44,602 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,383
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 41,552 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,369
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 37,159 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,877
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 33,501 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,842
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 30,392 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)    1,821
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,045 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,809
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,262 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 1,659
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,237 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,570
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 24,911 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,476
21 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 24,544 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,443
22 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 24,511 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,443
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,439 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 1,372
24 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,198 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,370
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 23,781 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,344

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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