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Thursday, August 18, 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 August 1, 2022) 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)  212,141 1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 10,605
2 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 126,320 2 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 5,913
3 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 125,236 3 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,157
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 124,782 4 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,874
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 122,019 5 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,844
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 114,965 6 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,762
7 David Kamin (NYU) 112,248 7 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,745
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    107,121 8 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,728
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 103,957 9 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 2,727
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 103,012 10 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 2,601
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 102,837 11 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     2,486
12 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 47,836 12 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,461
13 Michael Simkovic (USC) 46,426 13 David Kamin (NYU) 2,443
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 39,799 14 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,089
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 37,370 15 Kyle Rozema (Washington Univ.) 2,021
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 35,456 16 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   1,947
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 32,605 17 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,909
18 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 29,557 18 Edward McCaffery (USC) 1,817
19 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 28,657 19 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,746
20 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 28,604 20 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,730
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 28,365 21 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,569
22 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 26,826 22 Young Ran (Christine) Kim (Cardozo) 1,565
23 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,723 22 Michael Doran (Virginia) 1,530
24 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,658 24 Jeremy Bearer-Friend (G. Washington) 1,515
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 25,562 25 Yariv Brauner (Florida) 1,508

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-Bloomington) 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/2022/08/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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