Richard A. Epstein

Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Biography: 

Richard A. Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.

In 2011, Epstein was a recipient of the Bradley Prize for outstanding achievement. In 2005, the College of William & Mary School of Law awarded him the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.

Epstein researches and writes in a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical, and philosophical subjects. He has taught administrative law, antitrust law, communications law, constitutional law, corporation criminal law, employment discrimination law, environmental law, food and drug law, health law, labor law, Roman law, real estate development and finance, and individual and corporate taxation.

He edited the Journal of Legal Studies (1981–91) and the Journal of Law and Economics (1991–2001).

Epstein’s most recent publication is The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (2014). Other books include Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law (2011); The Case against the Employee Free Choice Act (Hoover Institution Press, 2009); Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection for Private Property (2008); How the Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (2006); Overdose (2006); and Free Markets under Siege: Cartels, Politics, and Social Welfare (Hoover Institution Press, 2005).

He received a BA degree in philosophy summa cum laude from Columbia in 1964; a BA degree in law with first-class honors from Oxford University in 1966; and an LLB degree cum laude, from the Yale Law School in 1968. Upon graduation he joined the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he taught until 1972. In 1972, he visited the University of Chicago and became a regular member of the faculty the following year.

He has been a senior fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics since 1984 and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985. He has been a Hoover fellow since 2000.

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Two Pyrrhic Union Victories

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 21, 2019

Costly strikes in the Chicago Public Schools and at General Motors stem from a failed model of labor relations.

Analysis and Commentary

How Bad Constitutional Law Leads To Bad Economic Regulations

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Atlantic
Sunday, October 20, 2019

Ever since the New Deal, Congress has given the executive far too sweeping a mandate to interfere with huge sectors of the market.

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The Libertarian: The Many Plans Of Elizabeth Warren

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, October 18, 2019

A critical examination of the policy proposals driving the Massachusetts senator’s presidential campaign.

InterviewsPolitics

Richard Epstein: Elizabeth Warren's War On Wealth (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Elizabeth Warren, Corporate Bully."

InterviewsPolitics

Richard Epstein: Elizabeth Warren's War On Wealth (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Elizabeth Warren, Corporate Bully."

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Elizabeth Warren, Corporate Bully

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 14, 2019

Her demand-letter to Jamie Dimon is a foretaste of her imperial presidential style. 

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, October 12, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "A Climate Change Emergency?"

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, October 12, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "A Climate Change Emergency?"

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The Libertarian: The Ongoing Impeachment Saga

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, October 11, 2019

Can the White House refuse to cooperate with the congressional investigation?

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Integration Is No Panacea

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Sixty-five years after the Supreme Court rejected “separate but equal” classrooms, segregation—formal segregation, at least—is gone. Yet our schools still struggle. Reform now depends more on excellence than on inclusion.

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