Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, February 17, 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 February 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)  197,322 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,965
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 122,147 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 5,252
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 119,581 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,876
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 118,393 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 3,851
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 118,044 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,790
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 111,288 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,545
7 David Kamin (NYU) 107,638 Diane Ring (Boston College) 3,497
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,642 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  3,355
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,580 David Kamin (NYU) 3,327
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,563 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,146
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,389 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,948
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,201 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,584
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 43,384 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,489
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 37,902 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,122
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 34,404 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,016
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 31,519 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,016
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,429 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  1,880
18 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,667 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,796
19 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 26,387 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,679
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 25,736 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,673
21 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 25,672 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,530
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,619 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,349
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,762 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,261
24 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,265 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,260
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,250 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,164

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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