Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, March 24, 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 March 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)  198,030 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,214
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 122,383 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 5,369
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 119,893 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,944
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 118,706 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 3,942
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 118,354 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,895
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 111,563 Diane Ring (Boston College) 3,574
7 David Kamin (NYU) 107,922 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,571
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,744 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  3,441
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,664 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,412
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,711 David Kamin (NYU) 3,407
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,526 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,994
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,080 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,943
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 43,658 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,601
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,032 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,208
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 34,660 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,155
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 31,828 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,144
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,521 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,001
18 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 26,783 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,841
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,782 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,831
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 25,931 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,699
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 25,909 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,557
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,698 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,350
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,917 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,273
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,353 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,232
25 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,290 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,194

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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