Talk:James M. Buchanan

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Is he the son of James Buchanan by any chance? Or is that a coincidence? -- Timwi 13:14 16 Jun 2003 (UTC)

It's easier to demonstrate paternity when there isn't a forty-plus year gap between the death of the father than the birth of the child...

No, there's no relation between the president and the economist.

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Buchanan only a Macroeconomist???[edit]

The "Chicago School" template box inserted at the front of the article as of 2010-03-11 labels Buchanan as merely a "macroeconomist." This seems way too narrow. A large part of Buchanan's work dealt with micro behaviors--which of course lead to macro outcomes out of the endogenous process inside any complex adaptive system (I'm using some of 2005 Nobelist Thomas Schelling's terminology here.). Buchanan's foundational work in public choice was nearly completely microeconomic analysis on real people placed into political roles, whether of legislator, executive, or mere bureau-member at some lower level of the state entity. Of course, he also explained a lot of macro outcomes from this micro political behavior, especially for example in Democracy in Deficit or The Power to Tax or Politics as Public Choice. Does anyone have a source that would support the application of the singular macroeconomist label to Buchanan? N2e (talk) 11:21, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Chicago or Austrian[edit]

Does anyone have a source for the billing of James Buchanan as being part of the Chicago School of Economics, as he said:

"I certainly have a great deal of affinity with Austrian economics and I have no objections to being called an Austrian. Hayek and Mises might consider me an Austrian but, surely some of the others would not."

He is also on record as not being in complete agreement with the newer members of the Chicago School, according to this source.

If there are other sources where either he identifies as part of the Chicago School, then perhaps this would be an appropriate topic to discuss within the article.

--Antony1024 (talk) 00:50, 30 November 2011 (UTC)