One of the greatest responsibilities, or at least requirements, of being a renowned law professor is publishing.Whether there should be so much import placed on authoring discussion papers is debatable — some argue that professors should be more concerned with connection to their students while others assert that igniting widespread discussion (and thereby bringing prestige to their respective institutions) is a better stick with which to measure performance.
Regardless, the Social Science Research Network’s top law authors page is watched for sport and the legal minds behind the year’s most downloaded papers should be recognised for examining issues which thousands have read in the last year.
As might be expected, there’s a clear trend toward economics, corporate governance, and the housing crisis among the papers that have been read the most in the last 12 months.
School: Northwestern University Law School, Kellogg School of Management
Most downloaded paper: Does Corporate Governance Predict Firms' Market Values? Evidence from Korea
Total downloads in last year: 13,364
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