Gary Stanley Becker (2 December 1930 – 3 May 2014) 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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Autobiography provided by Becker at the time of his 1992 award
Includes autobiography, prize lecture and press release announcing the award
Professor Becker's page at the University of Chicago; includes autobiography, summaries of books authored, links to his Business Week articles, working papers, and information on the Nobel Prize and two economics courses he taught
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John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association (1967)
National Association for Business Economics Adam Smith Award (1991)
Nobel Prize (1992)
National Medal of Science (2000)
Jacob Mincer Prize (2004)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007)
Bradley Prize (2008) ...
Gary S. Becker passed away on May 3, 2014. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science in 1992, and was the Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago.
Authored jointly with Judge Richard A. Posner, from Dec 2004 to May 2014
Discusses monopolies and competition in the religious, postal delivery and educational realms and criticizes a speech by Gary Becker about competition in religion and education
I believe that this appreciation of the value and benefits of competition, and the disadvantages of monopoly, ranks among the very greatest contributions toward understanding how economies and societies can better serve the interests of the vast majority of people.Two primary examples that Becker used in his analysis were religion and education.
Autobiographical, recounts how Block met Ayn Rand and later Murray Rothbard and how he progressed from libertarian minarchism to anarcho-capitalism; and pleads other libertarians to write "how they first were introduced to this philosophy"
Topics include the economics of crime, economics and law, banking discrimination, economic education, social security, behavioral economics, sociology, career choices and moral hazards
BECKER: I was coming down for an oral exam at Columbia University ... it's New York City, so it's not easy to find a parking place. Columbia had no parking for its faculty in those days ...
BECKER: Yes, time-consistent policies. People should know what the policies will be, and that these policies will be followed in a time-consistent way ... This is one reason why I favor simple rules for monetary policy. They are knowable and are easier to separate from politics.
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