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Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Fun with SSRN Downloads Again

We haven't played this game in awhile.  Here is some download data for the last 12 months, as updated on February 1, 2006.

Ranking of Schools by Total Downloads (# of downloads; # of new papers, # of downloads per paper for all papers in the last 12 months)

1.  Harvard Law School (39,148 downloads; 93 papers; 77 downloads per paper)

2.  University of Chicago Law School (29,162 downloads; 73 papers; 89 downloads per paper)

3.  Stanford Law School (26,818 downloads; 42 papers; 101 downloads per paper)

4.  UCLA School of Law (25,708 downloads; 75 papers; 82 downloads per paper)

5.  George Washington University Law School (24,981 downloads; 73 papers; 132 downloads per paper)

6.  Columbia Law School (24,648 downloads; 46 papers; 103 downloads per paper)

7.  University of Texas School of Law (24,293 downloads; 68 papers; 121 downloads per paper)

8.  Yale Law School (22,600 downloads; 72 papers; 92 downloads per paper)

9.  University of Illinois College of Law (17,324 downloads; 62 papers; 78 downloads per paper)

10. Georgetown University Law Center (17,178 downloads; 46 papers; 73 downloads per paper)

Ranking of Faculty by Total Downloads (# of downloads; # of new papers; # of downloads per paper for all papers in the last 12 months)

1.  Lucian Bebchuk (Harvard) (15,205 downloads; 10 new papers; 131 downloads per paper)

2.  Bernard Black (Texas) (10,492 downloads; 11 new papers; 210 downloads per paper)

3.  Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA) (8,558 downloads; 5 new papers; 165 downloads per paper)

4.  Cass Sunstein (Chicago) (7,176 downloads; 15 new papers; 98 downloads per paper)

5.  Daniel Solove (George Washington) (7,149 downloads; 6 new papers; 397 downloads per paper)

6.  Mark Lemley (Stanford) (7,073 downloads; 8 new papers; 150 downloads per paper)

7.  Francesco Parisi (George Mason) (6,155 downloads; 7 new papesr; 104 downloads per paper)

8.  John Coffee, Jr. (Columbia) (5,972 downloads; 1 new paper; 351 downloads per paper)

9.  Brian Leiter (Texas) (5,648 downloads; 5 new papers; 565 downloads per paper)

10. Larry Ribstein (Illinois) (4,302 downloads; 10 new papers; 151 downloads per paper)

11. Orin Kerr (George Washington) (5,249 downloads; 4 new papers; 375 downloads per paper)

12. Roberta Romano (Yale) (4,911 downloads; 6 new papers; 378 downloads per paper)

13. Ronald Gilson (Columbia & Stanford) (4,835 downloads; 3 new papers; 242 downloads per paper)

14. Richard Posner (Chicago) (4,533 downloads; 3 new papers; 181 downloads per paper)

15. Jesse Fried (Berkeley) (4,073 downloads; 6 new papers; 145 downloads per paper)

16. Reinier Kraakman (Harvard) (4,034 downloads; 3 new papers; 212 downloads per paper)

17. Randy Barnett (BU) (3,703 downloads; 6 new papers; 247 downloads per paper)

18. Steven Shavell (Harvard) (3,672 downloads; 10 new papers; 44 downloads per paper)

19. Brian Cheffins (Cambridge) (3,635 downloads; 6 new papers; 145 downloads per paper)

20. Lynn Stout (UCLA) (3,624 downloads; 5 new papers; 145 downloads per paper)

A few other notable stats:

Michigan State University's College of Law (with 28 new papers) had a strong 109 downloads per paper over the last 12 months.  Two other U.S. schools with at least ten new papers also had at least 80 downloads per paper:  Rutgers-Camden (11 new papers); Miami (10 new papers).  Loyola-Chicago had 8 new papers and 116 downloads per paper.

Among faculty with at least five new papers, those with strikingly high numbers of downloads per paper were Christopher Yukins [George Washington) (216 downloads per paper) and Max Schanzenbach (Northwestern) (264 downloads per paper). 

What does it all mean?  Write in corporate law or IP to increase downloads?  Get a blog?  Who knows?

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