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Friedman at 100

Tuesday 3rd July 2012

    July 2012 sees the 100th anniversary of Milton Friedman’s birth. To mark this occasion, the Centre for Policy Studies organised a celebratory event in the City of London on the evening of Tuesday 3 July.

    The evening comprised a panel event, with speakers asked to focus individually on Friedman’s three interlinked, but separate legacies: his contribution to theoretical and academic economics, his role in public policy development and his historical role in the dissemination of free-market ideas.


    • John Redwood MP - head of Margaret Thatcher's Policy Unit in the early to mid-1980s, who evaluated the extent to which Friedman’s work influenced the Conservative Governments of the 1980s.
    • Professor Niall Ferguson – the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, who examined Friedman’s historical significance for free-market thinking.
    • Professor Deepak Lal: the James S. Coleman Professor of International Development Studies at the University of California, who explored Friedman's legacy in academic economics.
    • Professor Richard Epstein - James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, who provided a video tribute.

    Part 1 - Professor Richard Epstein - a video tribute

    Part 2 - Professor Deepak Lal - Friedman's influence on academic economics  

    Part 3 - John Redwood MP - The relevance of Friedman's ideas to the current economic & financial crisis

    Part 4 - Professor Niall Ferguson - Friedman's significance for free-market thinking 

    Part 5 - Q&A Session