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Thursday, December 23, 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 December 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)  204,481 1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,377
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 124,083 2 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 5,200
3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 123,421 3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,557
4 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 123,404 4 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,325
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 120,387 5 David Kamin (NYU) 4,159
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 113,305 6 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,911
7 David Kamin (NYU) 111,137 7 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 3,346
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    106,654 8 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,031
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 103,487 9 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,689
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 102,576 10 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,651
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 101,989 11 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,538
12 Michael Simkovic (USC) 46,137 12 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard)   2,358
13 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 46,127 13 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,309
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 38,952 14 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy) 2,282
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 36,045 15 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,219
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 33,798 16 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 2,139
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 29,913 17 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 2,013
18 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 28,250 18 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,786
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 27,951 19 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,786
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 27,579 20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,782
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 27,184 21 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,573
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,238 22 Greg Polsky (Georgia) 1,532
23 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,301 22 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine)  1,430
24 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 25,174 24 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College) 1,403
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 24,998 25 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,396

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/2021/12/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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