Why Is There No Milton Friedman Today?

Sep 19, 2013Sep 20, 2013
George Mason University Fairfax Campus Johnson Center Cinema

Imagine that someone with all the endowments of a Milton Friedman were born in the 1960s or 1970s. Is it conceivable that such a person would develop into a Milton Friedman like we know the actual Milton Friedman to have been, including his academic eminence and his eloquent and influential advocacy of classical liberalism? If not, why not? Why is there no Milton Friedman today?

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  • Sam Peltzman, Ralph and Dorothy Keller Distinguished Service Professor of Economics Emeritus at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • David Colander, Christian A. Johnson Distinguished Professor of Economics at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont
  • Tyler Cowen, Holbert C. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University 
  • Peter Boettke, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at George Mason University

Introduced by Daniel Klein, Professor of Economics at George Mason University

Questions? Please contact Elizabeth Leibundguth at (703) 993-4935 or via email at eleibundguth@mercatus.gmu.edu