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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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 January 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)  204,966 1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,299
2 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 124,235 2 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 5,211
3 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 123,709 3 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 4,417
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 123,559 4 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,240
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 120,522 5 David Kamin (NYU) 3,999
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 113,421 6 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,821
7 David Kamin (NYU) 111,267 7 Kyle Rozema (Washington Univ.) 3,432
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    106,716 8 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 3,279
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 103,522 9 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 3,014
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 102,617 10 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,693
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 102,084 11 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,661
12 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 46,356 12 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,525
13 Michael Simkovic (USC) 46,210 13 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,469
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 39,029 14 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,427
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 36,210 15 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis)  2,305
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 33,970 16 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,241
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 30,200 17 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,970
18 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 28,306 18 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,849
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 28,046 19 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,831
20 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 27,782 20 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,804
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 27,355 21 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,735
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,295 22 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,730
23 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 25,423 22 Gregg Polsky (Georgia) 1,586
24 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,321 24 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 1,456
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 25,056 25 Shu-Yi Oei (Boston College)  1,381

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/2022/01/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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