The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Buchanan, David (1779–1848)

  • Andrew Skinner
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Buchanan was born in Montrose, the eldest son of David Buchanan, the renowned printer, publisher and amateur literary scholar. Unlike his father, David the younger did not attend university, but entered the family business. Primarily interested in economics, geography and statistics, Buchanan is generally regarded as a journalist and writer, but also as a ‘Scottish economist’ (Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 1935, iii. 27). Buchanan’s career amply justifies all of these claims.

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