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Gary Becker

Gary Becker speaking in Chicago, May 24, 2008
Born Gary Stanley Becker
(1930-12-02)December 2, 1930
Pottsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died May 3, 2014(2014-05-03) (aged 83)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Institution University of Chicago
(1968–2014)
Columbia University
(1957–1968)
Field Social economics
School or
tradition
Chicago School of Economics
Alma mater Princeton University
University of Chicago
Doctoral
advisor
H. Gregg Lewis
Influences Milton Friedman
Theodore Schultz
Influenced Roland G. Fryer, Jr.
David O. Meltzer
Contributions Analysis of human capital
Rotten kid theorem
Awards John Bates Clark Medal (1967)
Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1992)
Pontifical Academy of Sciences (1997)
National Medal of Science (2000)
John von Neumann Award (2004)
Presidential Medal of Freedom (2007)
Information at IDEAS / RePEc

I was not sympathetic to the assumption that criminals had radically different motivations from everyone else.
Gary Becker
Fines are preferable to imprisonment and other types of punishment because they are more efficient. With a fine, the punishment to offenders is also revenue to the State.
Gary Becker
A stronger yuan could lead to greater Chinese asset accumulation in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Gary Becker
The Treatise tries to analyze not only modern Western families, but also those in other cultures and the changes in family structure during the past several centuries.
Gary Becker
Why in almost all societies have married women specialized in bearing and rearing children and in certain agricultural activities, whereas married men have done most of the fighting and market work?
Gary Becker
My work on human capital began with an effort to calculate both private and social rates of return to men, women, blacks, and other groups from investments in different levels of education.
Gary Becker
Still, intuitive assumptions about behavior is only the starting point of systematic analysis, for alone they do not yield many interesting implications.
Gary Becker