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 (2013). 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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Donald Trump's National Emergency Declaration Could Jeopardize Wall Construction, Legal Experts Say

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Newsweek
Monday, March 11, 2019

President Donald Trump's decision to pursue wall construction through a national emergency declaration could jeopardize his ability to build a barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, legal experts told The Texas Tribune.

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The Libertarian: Rent Control, Housing, And Economics

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, March 7, 2019

With Oregon creating the nation’s first statewide rent control regime, the implications for American housing policy are ominous.

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Economics 101 In Labor And Housing Markets

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 4, 2019

The law of supply and demand explains why jobs are plentiful while housing is scarce. 

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The Libertarian: Green Book, Race, And Politics

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, March 1, 2019

Controversy over this year's Best Picture winner at the Oscars reveals a climate of needless racial antagonism.

Interviews

Richard Epstein: Climate Change Dissent & What Is To Be Done? (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Defining Ideas article "Will Happer – Climate “Denier”?"

Interviews

Richard Epstein: Climate Change Dissent & What Is To Be Done? (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Defining Ideas article "Will Happer – Climate “Denier”?"

Interviews

Law Talk With Richard Epstein: Well Dressed

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Ricochet
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether Michael Cohen’s testimony will change anything about the case against Trump; can the president’s emergency measures to build a border wall stand up in court;  whether the Supreme Court’s blow against civil asset forfeiture actually represents a constitutional error; and is a group of states about to take down the electoral college?

Analysis and Commentary

‘On Freedom’ Review: Nudged To Be Free

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

[Subscription Required] We can lose our way when offered too many choices. But are we at liberty when social forces can step in to correct all our personal blunders?

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Will Happer – Climate “Denier”?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 25, 2019

He’s argued that higher levels of carbon dioxide have had positive value for humanity. 

In the News

The Farcical ‘Green New Deal’

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia AEI
Saturday, February 23, 2019

That’s the title of Richard Epstein’s latest Hoover Institution article, here’s the opening: The dominant source of energy for the foreseeable future for both the United States and the world will be fossil fuels, chiefly in the form of oil, natural gas, and coal. Throughout the world, many groups will push hard for massive subsidies to wind and solar energy. Yet, that attempt, no matter how bold, will fail to shift the overall balance of energy production toward green sources.

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