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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The Libertarian Podcast: Billionaires and the Taxes They (Don’t) Pay

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, June 18, 2021

How should we react to the leaked tax records of American billionaires?

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, June 14, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Sorting out the Global Tax Mess." Part 2 of the interview is available here.

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Sorting Out The Global Tax Mess

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 14, 2021

This fiendishly complex system won’t be fixed by imposing a government tax cartel—or by trampling on the wisdom of the market.

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The Libertarian Podcast: The ACLU’s Free Speech Problem

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Identity politics has compromised the once-great protector of civil liberties.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Obama's future presidential center.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "A Pox On Retroactive Taxes."

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The Libertarian Podcast: Global Corporate Tax Rates

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The G7 attempts to work out a minimum corporate tax rate – but will it work?

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A Pox On Retroactive Taxes

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 7, 2021

The Biden administration’s “soak the rich” move would distort the economy to no good effect.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 28, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Should Roe V. Wade Stand?" Part 2 of the interview is available here.

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Law Talk: Marbury, Madison … And Yoo?

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoo, Troy Senikvia Law Talk With Epstein, Senik & Yoo
Friday, May 28, 2021

Abortion at the Supreme Court, Big Tech regulation in Florida, a showdown in Belarus, and the debate over paying college athletes.

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