Scholarly Comments on Academic Economics

Why Milton Friedman Was Rare


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It is not impossible for there to be another economist of Milton Friedman’s stature, but it is unlikely. Milton had a rare combination of characteristics. His brilliance showed up in his economics work early in his life and led him to some major contributions that affected the profession’s views on Keynesian economics, the causes of the Great Depression, and inflation. But if that had been ‘all’ he had done, we would not be having this symposium. He also was a passionate, warm man of great integrity. His fight against the military draft, his public appearances on television, and his willingness to give advice to young people all demonstrate those characteristics.