Neil H. Buchanan

Portrait of Neil H. Buchanan
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Neil H. Buchanan is an economist and Professor of Law. In 2019, he will be the Smith Freehills Visitor to the Faculty of Law in the University of Cambridge, and he will also be a visiting scholar at University of Gävle in Sweden.

Professor Buchanan teaches tax law and tax policy, and he has also taught contracts and law and economics. His research addresses the taxing and spending policies of the federal government, focusing on budget deficits, the national debt, health care costs, and Social Security. He also is engaged in a long-running research project that asks how current policy choices should be shaped by concerns for the interests of future generations.

Prior to attending law school, Professor Buchanan was an economics professor, specializing in macroeconomics, the history of economic thought, and economic methodology. He is a columnist for Verdict, and he publishes twice weekly on the legal blog Dorf on Law.

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BA, Vassar College; JD, University of Michigan; MA, PhD (economics), Harvard University; PhD (laws), Monash University (Australia)

In the News

"The Ability-to-Pay Principle and the Counterintuitive Distributive Justice Analysis of Alimony Payments"

July 02, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Jotwell and responds to Alice Abreu's article, "Tax 2018: Requiem for Ability to Pay."

Amicus Brief on South Dakota v. Wayfair

June 24, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan signed an amicus brief regarding the Supreme Court case, South Dakota v. Wayfair.

"Trump Has Taken the Dreamers Hostage. Now What?"

February 22, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that because Trump issued the order ending DACA, he can extend his arbitrary deadline.

"Should We Arm Schools to the Teeth to Prevent Gun Violence?"

February 20, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about gun violence in the United States.

"Did Roseanne Vote Trump? And Can the Dems Win Her Support?"

February 14, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the idea of Democrats reconnecting with the people who voted for Donald Trump.