Richard Epstein on Taxes, Deficits and Entitlements: Can any political process achieve ideal balance?
The current deficit crisis in the United States has drawn wide attention around the world. Where does it come from and how it can be resolved is a critical issue, not only to the Americans, but to China and the rest of the world. Professor Richard A. Epstein tackled these urgent issues before a crowd of 130 at the University of Chicago’s Center in Beijing.
Professor Epstein is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most productive legal scholars in the United States. He is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, a Senior Fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School, the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at the New York University Law School, the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He acted as the interim dean of the University of Chicago Law School and Director of the John. M. Olin Center for Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School. For about 10 years, he was editor of the Journal of Legal Studies from 1981 to 1991, and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991 to 2001. He has been writing a column for the Forbes magazine.
Video of Richard Epstein’s talk is available here.