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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Race Madness At Oberlin College

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 24, 2019

The behavior of the college and its students represents everything wrong with the modern civil rights movement.  

Analysis and Commentary

Bad Trump Still Battling Good Trump

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Saturday, June 22, 2019

From the time he first stepped onto the national stage, Donald Trump’s good and bad alter egos have battled to control his economic policy. The good Donald follows the principles of small government, and he has a lot to crow about.

Interviews

Richard Epstein: Rent Stabilization (Control) Makes Manhattan Out Of Reach (Part 01)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Rent Is Too Damn Low."

Interviews

Richard Epstein: Rent Stabilization (Control) Makes Manhattan Out Of Reach (Part 02)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Rent Is Too Damn Low."

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Reasonable Disagreements: In Defense Of Classical Liberalism (Among Other Things)

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Who are the critics of classical liberalism—namely, modern-day advocates for socialism.

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The Libertarian: A Crisis Of Liberalism?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

What the new critics of the free market — on both the left and the right — get wrong.

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The Rent Is Too Damn Low

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 17, 2019

New York's "tenant protection" fiasco.

 
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The Libertarian: Break Up Big Tech?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, June 13, 2019

Why an antitrust framework doesn’t make sense for Silicon Valley giants.

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Patrick Deneen’s Delusions

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 10, 2019

A misplaced attack on liberalism poses a serious risk to democratic institutions. 

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Kamala Harris’ Salami Socialism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 3, 2019

Her proposal to enforce gender equity will turn corporations into wards of the state.

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