David Weisbach


Walter J. Blum Professor, the Law School, University of Chicago

Director, Law & Economics Program, University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise:

  • Entitlements
  • Law and Economics
  • Tax Law

Weisbach received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1985; a Certificate for Advanced Studies in Mathematics from Wolfson College, Cambridge, in 1986; and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1989. After graduating from law school, Weisbach clerked for Judge Joel M. Flaum of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and worked as an associate in the law firm of Miller & Chevalier. In 1992 Weisbach joined the Department of Treasury where he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Tax Legislative Counsel and, subsequently, as associate tax legislative counsel. In 1996 Weisbach was appointed Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown Law Center and joined the Chicago faculty in 1998.

Research Projects

Trade and Carbon Taxes | Endogenous Technical Change in IAMs | Social cost of carbon and methane | Chicago Climate Online | webDICE | Optimal Timing of Energy Transition


Adriana Ciccone | Misung Ahn | Jillian Durkin | Katrina Lewis

Former Students

Jeremy Klavans | Mark Woolley | Federico Simon | Aidan Sadowski | Hsin-Yi Chen | Matt Gee | Runnan Yang | Jeremy Archer