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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: November 2011

Thirteen - Chicago Neoliberalism and the Genesis of the Milton Friedman Institute (2006–2009)

from Part Four - Debating “Chicago Neoliberalism”



The year is 2011. With the Great Recession approaching its fourth birthday, and economists still struggling to make sense of what markets have wrought, it is no surprise that the reputations of some celebrated economists have taken a hit. In some cases, the reappraisal was dramatic and probably decisive. (Will it ever again be possible to call Alan Greenspan the “Maestro” with a straight face?) In other cases, the crisis has served less to settle matters than to inflame ongoing disputes. So it is with Milton Friedman.

Friedman is probably best known outside of academic economics for his championing of promarket views (and his aggressive attacks on opposing views) in his widely read books like Capitalism and Freedom, his PBS series Free to Choose, and his recurring Newsweek column. In 2008 (in what now looks like a case of catastrophically bad timing) the administration of the University of Chicago decided it would be an opportune time to “honor Friedman’s legacy” and announced it planned to establish a privately funded $200 million research institute. It did not take long for University of Chicago professors numbering more than one hundred in total from fields as disparate as anthropology, political science, and statistics to express their displeasure. Presently, the dispute broke out of the confines of the university and spilled onto the pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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