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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

SSRN's Top 100

You know that you peek.   Top 100 lists are like reality T.V.  - cheap and easy to assemble, hard to resist, and tons of fun to hate.  So this morning as I tried to navigate my first posting on SSRN, I could not resist a look at the top 100 "law authors."  Has anyone else noticed that fewer than 5 out of 100 are women?  Although I don't know the numbers, I'd guess that women represent 20-30% of legal academics.  Any thoughts?   

Posted by Joelle Moreno on June 7, 2005 at 11:13 AM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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If Kerr just did what I think he did, then he wins anyone's award for cleverist comment in blogging history.

In the can of soup post, below, I went back and inserted "linking discrimination" for "price discrimination," and substituted a few other words. It was a laugh riot.

E.g., "The report has an extensive discussion of linking discrimination – offering different links for the same cateogies of law review articles to different bloggers based on behavioral profiling.... [T]he future potential for discriminatory linking vast."
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"What if, based on friendships and the clout of other bloggers, law professor bloggers started linking more frequently based on people who appeared to be have the ability to link back to them? Or people who were determined to have a particular need for a link? Or based on how often people sent nasty e-mails to bloggers, or how often people returned links? Are such practices uncouth? Illegal?"

Posted by: Mike | Jun 7, 2005 2:06:02 PM

Dan writes:

"Cites on the VC can also generate many downloads."

Yes, and our latest prices make them a real bargain.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Jun 7, 2005 1:51:37 PM

SSRN download numbers depend heavily upon various Internet communities. Getting a link on Slashdot, for example, can lead to thousands of downloads. Cites on the VC can also generate many downloads. The articles that get the most downloads, in my anecdotal sense, are those involving cyberlaw or economics issues. So one explanation might be that female law professors are not posting papers on SSRN as frequently on these topics.

Another factor in getting downloads is self-promoting by actively trying to get others to link to one's work. Perhaps male law professors are more shameless self-promoters. I have no idea if this generalization has any validity, but anecdotally, I have noticed that male profs are more aggressive in touting their work.

Posted by: Daniel Solove | Jun 7, 2005 1:24:50 PM

Joelle, the 2003 AALS statistics show that women make up 25.2% of full law professors, 46.1% of associate professors and 50.1% of assistant professors. I would say that most on the top 100 are at least associate professors, but the 5% is still low. The SSRN is highly used by those in economics, finance, and business, as well as corporate law, so many factors skew who is in the top 100. I tried to upload a non-corporate article yesterday, and I couldn't figure out a category for it.

Posted by: Christine Hurt | Jun 7, 2005 1:18:21 PM

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