Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 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 April 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)  198,927 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,456
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 122,515 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 5,555
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 120,890 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,902
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 119,049 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,693
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 118,552 David Kamin (NYU) 4,205
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 111,727 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,988
7 David Kamin (NYU) 108,921 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,734
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,813 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,686
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,713 Diane Ring (Boston College) 3,022
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,785 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,989
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,612 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  2,882
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,229 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,872
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 44,003 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,651
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,155 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,224
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 34,821 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,202
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 32,105 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,198
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,585 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,062
18 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 27,219 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,896
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,835 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,891
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 26,150 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,729
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 26,094 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,576
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,773 Cliff Fleming (BYU) 1,304
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 24,974 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,245
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,422 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,240
25 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,308 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,199

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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