Professor of economics at the University of Chicago, 1992 Nobel Prize winner in Economics
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    Gary Stanley Becker (2 December 1930 – 3 May 2014)[1] was an American economist and empiricist. He was a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Chicago. Described as "the most important social scientist in the past 50 years" by The New York Times, Becker was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. A 2011 survey of economics professors named Becker their favorite living economist over the age of 60, followed by Ken Arrow and Robert Solow.

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    Becker, Gary S. (1930-2014), by Aaron Steelman, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
    Biographical essay
    "Gary S. Becker is a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Chicago. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics in 1992 for 'having extended the domain of microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behavior and interaction, including nonmarket behavior.' Becker received his undergraduate degree in 1951 from Princeton University and his PhD in 1955 from the University of Chicago. He was an assistant professor at Chicago from 1954 to 1957, before moving to Columbia University and the National Bureau of Economic Research."
    Related Topics: Children, Labor


    2 Dec 1930, Gary Stanley Becker, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania


    3 May 2014, in Chicago, Illinois

    Awards Received

    1992 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, granted by The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
    Includes autobrography, prize lecture and banquet speech


    Hoover Institution, Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow
    Mont Pelerin Society, President, 1990-92


    The Becker-Posner Blog
    Written jointly with Judge Richard A. Posner


    Interview with Gary Becker, The Region, Jun 2002
    Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Banking and Policy Issues Magazine
    "The present Social Security system is a mixture of an annuity and redistribution system. The redistribution system discourages many people from working at older ages when they are healthy enough and would want to continue working. Social Security gives them an incentive not to work because they are taxed so heavily on their earnings."
    Related Topic: Social Security Tax

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