Paul L. Caron

Friday, May 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 May 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)  199,679 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,379
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 122,738 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 5,693
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 121,315 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,840
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 119,457 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,443
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 118,842 David Kamin (NYU) 4,318
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 111,960 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,145
7 David Kamin (NYU) 109,280 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     4,128
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,904 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,750
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,794 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,981
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,890 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,683
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,779 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,580
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,369 Diane Ring (Boston College) 2,325
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 44,330 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,271
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,280 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,266
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 35,054 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  2,177
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 32,377 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,172
17 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,695 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,073
18 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 27,681 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,997
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,918 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,911
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 26,364 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,710
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 26,295 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,543
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,905 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,246
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,037 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,223
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,481 Leandra Lederman (Indiana-Bloom.) 1,199
25 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,357 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 1,197

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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