Student Notes R.I.P. or Survive on SSRN?

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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4 Responses

  1. If they accept working papers, why shouldn’t they accept non-published student notes? Or better, why can’t one post their student note prior to acceptance/publication as a working paper?

  2. Zvi Rosen says:

    Even if the piece isn’t particularly useful for its conclusions and/or argument, it’s still possible that the research that went into the piece and the footnotes would be…

  3. Dave! says:

    I’ve been working on a paper (as a student) that I had planned on posting to SSRN when I have the draft ready. I don’t see any reason why students who are motivated enough to do the work and who are interested enough in potential feedback should not be able to participate in SSRN.

  4. Deven Desai says:

    Please know that I am not saying students should not be able to participate in SSRN. The questions began as I wondered whether and/or how many students post and then thought about the impact large numbers of posts would have if any. Also note that I do not think nor am I saying that SSRN prohibits posts. I am wondering whether the site has any rules on who may post.