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.