Testing Milton Friedman

Testing Milton Friedman is hosted by award-winning veteran journalist Emily Rooney with a distinguished panel of two Friedman advocates and two challengers.

Episode 1:
Equality of Opportunity

The panelists explore Friedman’s ideas and the possible implications of equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. The panelists include:

  • Walter Williams — author, syndicated columnist, and the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University
  • Shikha Dalmia — senior policy analyst at Reason Foundation
  • Matthew Yglesias — political blogger
  • John Bouman — president and advocacy director of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Episode 2:
Government Control

A discussion of what can occur when legislators, often in collusion with big business, intervene in the market. This program features:

  • Amity Shlaes — author and syndicated columnist, and a director at the George W. Bush Institute
  • Bryan Caplan — professor of economics at George Mason University, research fellow at the Mercatus Center and author
  • Austan Goolsbee — former chief economist for President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, a member of the Obama cabinet and professor of economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
  • Clarence Page — Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist from The Chicago Tribune
Episode 3:
Free Markets

The panel discusses the classic explanations and demonstrations of the workings and benefits of a free market and economic freedom. The panelists are:

  • Kevin Murphy — George J. Stigler Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution
  • Raghuram Rajan — Eric J. Gleacher Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and an economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India
  • Dani Rodrik — author and professor of international political economy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Brad DeLong — professor of economics at the University of California at Berkeley and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton administration