Bebchuk Ranks First Among Law Professors on SSRN

As indicated in a recent Harvard Law School announcement, statistics released by the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) indicate that, as of the end of 2007, the works of Harvard Law School’s corporate governance scholar Lucian Bebchuk have been downloaded more than the work of any other law professor. His papers have attracted a total of more than 80,000 downloads.

SSRN is the leading electronic service for social science research, and its electronic library contains over 171,000 full-text documents by more than 85,000 authors.

The five works by Bebchuk that have attracted the largest number of total downloads were: What Matters in Corporate Governance? (8093 downloads), The Case for Increasing Shareholder Power (3827 downloads), A Theory of Path Dependence in Corporate Ownership and Governance (3517 downloads), Executive Compensation as an Agency Problem (3336 downloads), and Managerial Power and Rent Extraction in the Design of Executive Compensation (2980 downloads).

The group of the top 100 law professors, based on the total number of downloads of their work, includes three additional HLS faculty working in the corporate area: Reinier Kraakman (13), Mark Roe (32), and Allen Ferrell (41). The Top 100 group also includes senior research fellow Alma Cohen (40) and visiting professor Jesse Fried (23).

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