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Wednesday, September 29, 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 September 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)  202,404 1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,058
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 123,491 2 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,518
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 122,414 3 David Kamin (NYU) 4,067
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 120,909 4 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,062
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 119,638 5 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,988
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 112,712 6 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 3,845
7 David Kamin (NYU) 110,183 7 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 3,497
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    106,351 8 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,289
9 Manoj Viswanathan (Hastings) 103,237 9 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,668
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 102,343 10 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,437
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 101,453 11 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,411
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 45,852 12 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,383
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 45,282 13 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,325
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,633 14 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,185
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 35,624 15 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,158
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 33,224 16 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 2,057
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 28,849 17 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 2,017
18 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 27,942 18 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 2,015
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 27,728 19 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,715
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 27,014 20 Diane Ring (Boston College) 1,560
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 26,749 21 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,527
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,099 22 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  1,402
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,170 22 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 1,402
24 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 24,718 24 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,385
25 Richard Kaplan (Illinois) 24,601 25 Paul Caron (Pepperdine)   1,289

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:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2021/09/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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