Confessions of a Recovering Economist

Join us for this hybrid event that will be held online (via Zoom) and in Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre (G.02), Business School, University of Leeds.


For at least the last half-century, the legal academy has increasingly used analytical methods imported from academic economics to address what had previously been thought of as purely legal questions. Even as that trend accelerated, some scholars offered ongoing critiques of those economic methods on their own terms, and there has been increasing unease among many scholars about the ways in which those methods have been applied to legal issues. In this lecture, Professor Neil H. Buchanan will highlight some fundamental critiques of orthodox economic theory and its use in law, describing a book project that he is developing to explore how legal analysis would improven if scholars showed greater skepticism about the claims from those who champion the use of economics to guide legal scholarship.

Speaker biography

Neil H. Buchanan, a legal scholar and an economist, is the James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar Chair in Taxation and the Director of Global Scholarly Initiatives at the University of Florida. In the Fall 2021 term, he is a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on intergenerational justice, retirement security, constitutional issues in government budgeting, and a fundamental critique of orthodox economic theory. Professor Buchanan received his J.D. from the University of Michigan, A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in Laws from Monash University in Australia.

Event structure

This one-hour event will be moderated by Professor Rita de la Feria, Chair in Tax Law, University of Leeds.

Joining details

This event is free and open to all.

It will be streamed live via Zoom (registration is require via Eventbrite).

The event will be held in the Maurice Keyworth Lecture Theatre (G.02), Business School, University of Leeds.