Gary Becker speaking in Chicago, May 24, 2008
|Born||Gary Stanley Becker
December 2, 1930
Pottsville, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||May 3, 2014
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Institution||University of Chicago
|Chicago School of Economics|
|Alma mater||Princeton University
University of Chicago
|H. Gregg Lewis|
|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.
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.
A stronger yuan could lead to greater Chinese asset accumulation in the U.S. and elsewhere.
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.
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?
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.
Still, intuitive assumptions about behavior is only the starting point of systematic analysis, for alone they do not yield many interesting implications.