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Wednesday, November 23, 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 November 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)  214,451 1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 11,049
2 Daniel Hemel (NYU) 127,477 2 Daniel Hemel (NYU) 5,104
3 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 125,641 3 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,272
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 125,185 4 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,920
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 122,450 5 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,761
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 115,439 6 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,676
7 David Kamin (NYU) 112,636 7 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,618
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    107,287 8 Kyle Rozema (Washington University) 2,434
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 104,121 9 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,411
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 103,236 10 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 2,405
11 Ari Glogower (Northwestern) 103,058 11 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,365
12 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 48,388 12 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     2,333
13 Michael Simkovic (USC) 46,746 13 Jordan Barry (USC) 2,183
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 40,043 14 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 2,112
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 37,849 15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 2,031
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 35,948 16 Michael Doran (Virginia) 1,900
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 33,632 17 Young Ran (Christine) Kim (Cardozo) 1,894
18 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 30,198 18 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 1,843
19 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 29,111 19 David Kamin (NYU) 1,812
20 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 28,834 20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,757
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 28,791 21 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   1,703
22 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 27,572 22 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,624
23 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,948 23 Edward McCaffery (USC) 1,366
24 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,788 24 Jeremy Bearer-Friend (George Wash.) 1,358
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 25,746 25 Omri Marian (UC-Irvine) 1,347

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/2022/11/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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