Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 15, 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 July 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)  201,304 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,123
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 123,051 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,630
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 121,908 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     4,349
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 119,989 David Kamin (NYU) 4,100
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 119,236 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 3,952
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 112,287 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,692
7 David Kamin (NYU) 109,695 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 3,676
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    106,037 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,404
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,941 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,732
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 102,016 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,615
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 101,016 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,385
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,708 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,362
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 44,859 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,328
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,486 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,218
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 35,381 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,108
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 32,831 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,060
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 28,231 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,979
18 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,821 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,780
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 27,623 Diane Ring (Boston College) 1,759
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 26,742 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,714
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 26,551 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  1,594
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,033 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,528
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,114 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,463
24 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 24,601 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 1,426
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,556 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,374

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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