Neil H. Buchanan

Portrait of Neil H. Buchanan
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

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

"Top Republicans Think Taxation as Bad as Slavery? Tell Me How That Works"

February 05, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about one prominent conservative who thinks income taxes are like "forced labor."

"Workers Work Harder and Other Mad Myths about Trump's Tax Changes"

February 04, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the December 2017 tax bill.

"How Quickly Will the New Tax Law Affect the Economy?"

February 01, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan is quoted in PolitiFact on whether the tax bill is creating real economic activity.

Professor Buchanan Writes in Newsweek

January 30, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the Republican tax cuts that Donald Trump signed last month.

"The Lost Local Tax Deduction That Undermines Civilized Government"

January 28, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the partisan provision in the tax bill: the limitation on the deduction for state and local taxes.