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What Do We Owe Future Generations?

Joint Department of Economics and Department of Accounting & FinanceSeminar

Prof Neil H. Buchanan Levin
College of Law, University of Florida


"What Do We Owe Future Generations?"

Date: Tuesday 22nd October, 1:00-2:00pm
Location: KB1-16
All are Welcome to Attend

Politicians, policy experts, and the general public all appear to agree that current generations ought to take into account the interests of future generations when crafting public policies. What is the source of that obligation between generations? Given that it exists, what is the extent of any such obligation? Although intergenerational obligations are typically invoked when discussing economic policies and especially environmental issues, surely those obligations also carry over into the political realm, including obligations to protect the rule of law and constitutional democracy as well as to promote tolerance and equality. This lecture is based on a book project that is currently in progress.

Neil H. Buchanan, an economist and legal scholar, holds the James J. Freeland Eminent Scholar Chair in Taxation at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. His research addresses economic and philosophical aspects of justice between generations, and he is particularly interested in policies that affect budget deficits, the national debt, health care costs, and Social Security." His faculty web page at Florida is: https://www.law.ufl.edu/faculty/neil-buchanan