Paul L. Caron

Thursday, January 28, 2021

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 January 1, 2021) 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)  195,466 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,827
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 121,968 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 5,074
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 119,107 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,706
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 118,031 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 3,611
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 117,836 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,545
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 111,088 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,466
7 David Kamin (NYU) 107,263 Diane Ring (Boston College) 3,440
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,527 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  3,301
9 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 102,498 David Kamin (NYU) 3,162
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,423 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,899
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,277 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)    2,505
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,079 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 2,406
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 43,066 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,115
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 37,735 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,096
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 34,219 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 1,839
16 Richard Ainsworth (BU) 31,273 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,815
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,362 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,703
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,584 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,582
19 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 25,950 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,557
20 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,522 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,458
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 25,518 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,335
22 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 25,352 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,270
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,709 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,257
24 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,256 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,159
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 24,096 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 1,039

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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