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  The School of Law - Newark 2004-2006 Faculty and Administration Neil H. Buchanan  

Neil H. Buchanan

Assistant Professor of Law. (Tax Policy; Federal Income Tax; Economics, Social Science, and the Law; Contracts.) Professor Buchanan has been teaching at Rutgers since fall 2003. He received his J.D. magna cum laudefrom the University of Michigan Law School in 2002, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. After law school, he clerked for Judge Robert H. Henry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Professor Buchanan was an economics professor. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University, specializing in macroeconomics, the history of economic thought, and economic methodology. His received his B.A. from Vassar College, earning highest honors as an economics major. He has held full-time faculty positions at the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Barnard College, Goucher College, and Wellesley College. He has also held visiting or adjunct faculty positions at Bard College, Towson University, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Utah. He has served as the director of the Center for Advanced Macroeconomic Policy in Milwaukee and as a research associate at the Levy Institute, a public policy think tank in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. He is the author of several scholarly articles that explore and critique U.S. tax policy.

Before Professor Buchanan attended law school, he wrote an article that critiqued the economic theory that is the basis of the so-called "Law and Economics" approach to law. In that article, he recommended that legal scholars be wary of the normative assumptions and policy implications of orthodox economic theory. His current research is focused on the long-term tax and spending patterns of the federal government, and he recommends that the federal government adopt a system of capital accounting to capture the effects of our current policy choices on the living standards of future generations. As part of that broad research agenda, Professor Buchanan is engaged with a Rutgers project to assess the social and economic implications of New Jersey`s proposed sentencing reforms. His other research projects include an appraisal of a plan to replace the annual income tax with a lifetime accumulated income tax system, an extension of his critique of orthodox economic theory to assess its use in the Law and Economics school of thought, as well as other projects. In addition, Professor Buchanan is an occasional contributor to the online legal magazine FindLaw`s Writ, where he has written articles analyzing the Microsoft antitrust case, the Bush v. Goredecision (from a contract law perspective), social security privatization, and other issues.

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