Paul L. Caron

Friday, August 27, 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 August 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)  201,749 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 7,952
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 123,166 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,431
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 122,065 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     4,046
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 120,167 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,012
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 119,309 David Kamin (NYU) 3,911
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 112,380 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 3,455
7 David Kamin (NYU) 109,814 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,346
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    106,078 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,262
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 102,977 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,622
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 102,058 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,539
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 101,102 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,436
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,782 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,310
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 45,011 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,256
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,541 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,079
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 35,490 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,024
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 33,016 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,001
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 28,524 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,988
18 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,865 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,724
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 27,673 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,682
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 26,857 Diane Ring (Boston College) 1,665
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 26,644 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,550
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,066 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  1,507
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,136 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 1,409
24 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 24,639 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,395
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,568 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,379

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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