The Contributions of Milton Friedman to Economics
by Robert L. Hetzel
Milton Friedman was arguably the most influential economist of the 20th century. He made groundbreaking scientific contributions that changed the way economists approached some of the most important questions in monetary economics and macroeconomics. He also was an ingenious policy analyst, proposing such measures as school choice and the end of the military draft in favor of a volunteer army. Finally, he had a unique ability to make economics accessible to a general audience, through his Newsweek column and countless television appearances. Richmond Fed economist Robert Hetzel, a former student of Friedman, recounts and analyzes his teacher’s numerous contributions and puts them in historical perspective.
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