Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 11, 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 November 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)  194,258 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,560
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 121,635 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 4,760
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 118,457 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,417
4 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 117,514 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 3,993
5 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 117,427 David Kamin (NYU) 3,615
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 110,793 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,367
7 David Kamin (NYU) 106,651 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,236
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,329 Diane Ring (Boston College) 3,231
9 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 102,339 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  3,125
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,244 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,830
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,096 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,364
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 44,842 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)    2,225
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 42,482 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,168
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 37,528 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,139
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 33,860 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,846
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 30,898 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,811
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,243 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,788
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,458 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,530
19 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,373 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,444
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 25,296 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,357
21 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 25,233 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,296
22 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 25,068 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,277
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,621 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,236
24 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,234 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,163
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 23,941 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 1,144

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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