Friedman at 100

03/07/2012 - 03/07/2012

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.