Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, June 30, 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 June 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)  200,347 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,883
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 122,885 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 5,596
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 121,621 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,957
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 119,761 David Kamin (NYU) 4,343
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 119,020 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     4,270
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 112,121 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,189
7 David Kamin (NYU) 109,488 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 4,051
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    105,979 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,431
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,888 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,795
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 101,954 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,652
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 100,854 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,382
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,615 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,377
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 44,597 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,289
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,370 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,094
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 35,264 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,080
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 32,677 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,074
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 27,982 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,968
18 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,775 Diane Ring (Boston College) 1,950
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 26,983 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,887
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 26,603 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  1,790
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 26,432 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,700
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 25,988 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,507
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,076 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,430
24 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,535 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,373
25 Gladriel Shobe (BYU) 24,384 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,212

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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