James M. Buchanan Jr.


Born: October 3, 1919, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA
Civil Status: Married (to Ann Bakke Buchanan on 5 October 1945), no children
1948 Ph. D., University of Chicago
1941 M. S., University of Tennessee
1940 B. A., Middle Tennessee State College
Current position and title
General Director, Center for Study of Public Choice, and Harris University
Professor, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Past positions
1969 – 1983 Virginia Polytechnic Institute
1968 – 1969 University of California, Los Angeles
1956 – 1968 University of Virginia
Honors and awards
1984 Frank Seidman Distinguished Award in Political Economy
1984 Doctor, h.c., University of Zurich
1983 Distinguished Fellow, American Economic Association
1982 Doctor, h.c., University of Giessen
Principal publications (books only)
Liberty, Market and State, Wheatsheaf, 1985*
The Reason of Rules (with G. Brennan), Cambridge University Press, 1985*
The Power to Tax (with G. Brennan) Cambridge University Press, 1980)*
What Should Economists Do?, Liberty Press, 1979
Freedom in Constitutional Contract, Texas A & M University Press, 1978*
Democracy in Deficit (with R. Wagner), Academic Press, 1977*
The Limits of Liberty, University of Chicago Press, 1975*
Cost and Choice, Markham Press, 1969
Demand and Supply of Public Goods, Rand McNally, 1968
Public Finance in Democratic Process, University of North Carolina Press, 1967
The Calculus of Consent, with G. Tullock; University of Michigan Press, 1962*
Fiscal Theory and Political Economy, University of North Carolina Press, 1960*
Public Principles of Public Debt, Richard D. Irwin, 1958

*Books most directly relevant to Nobel Award.

From Les Prix Nobel. The Nobel Prizes 1986, Editor Wilhelm Odelberg, [Nobel Foundation], Stockholm, 1987


James M. Buchanan Jr. died on 9 January 2013.

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