Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, December 16, 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 December 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)  194,887 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,703
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 121,838 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 4,901
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 118,829 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,561
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 117,744 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 3,825
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 117,709 David Kamin (NYU) 3,399
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 110,971 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,395
7 David Kamin (NYU) 106,965 Diane Ring (Boston College) 3,335
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,449 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,312
9 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 102,444 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  3,213
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,351 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,849
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,202 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)    2,413
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 44,965 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,392
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 42,797 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,139
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 37,639 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,139
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 34,026 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,838
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 31,102 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,823
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,305 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,699
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,517 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,505
19 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 25,565 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,459
20 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,434 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,345
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 25,400 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,255
22 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 25,216 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,250
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,667 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,230
24 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,248 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,158
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 24,015 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 1,097

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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