Free Markets Under Siege

Free Markets Under Siege

Cartels, Politics, and Social Welfare

Author: Richard A. Epstein
ISBN: 978-0-8179-4611-1
Publication Date: 1/18/2008
Pages: 99

Prosperity through Competitive Solutions

In this Hoover Classics reissue, Richard Epstein draws on his extensive knowledge of history, law, and economics to examine how best to regulate the interface between market choice and government intervention. With clarity, force, and wit, Epstein provides an illuminating analysis of some of the ways that special interest groups, with the help of sympathetic politicians, have been able to manipulate free markets in their favor.

The author focuses on two areas where government intervention has been persistent in both the United State and Western Europe—agriculture and the labor market—and tries of find a middle path between socialism and libertarianism. He reveals how the truly great social catastrophes come from a wholesale disrespect for individual liberty and a total contempt for private property—and why there should never be compensation for losses incurred through the operation of competitive markets. He shows how free international trade can mitigate—and perhaps eliminate altogether—the harmful effects of protecting various groups through domestic policies. And he explains why even unilateral reform of trade barriers would reap great benefits.

"In the end," concludes Epstein, "everything is connected with everything else. If you are trying to understand the way in which the markets survive and societies prosper, it is because they get enough of the easy cases right by embracing competitive solutions."

Richard Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago and the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He currently serves as interim dean of the law school at the University of Chicago.


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Richard A. Epstein

Richard A. Epstein, the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago, is the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

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