Gary Becker

Economist, Academic

1930 – 2014

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Who was Gary Becker?

Gary Stanley Becker was an American economist. He was professor of economics and sociology at the University of Chicago and at the Booth School of Business. He made important contributions to the family economics branch of economics. Neoclassical analysis of family within the family economics is also called new home economics.

He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. He was a Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution, located at Stanford University.

Becker was one of the first economists to branch into what were traditionally considered topics belonging to sociology, including racial discrimination, crime, family organization, and drug addiction. He was known for arguing that many different types of human behavior can be seen as rational and utility maximizing. His approach included altruistic behavior by defining individuals' utility appropriately. He was also among the foremost exponents of the study of human capital. Becker was also credited with the "rotten kid theorem."

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Born
Dec 2, 1930
Pottsville
Also known as
  • Gary Stanley Becker
  • Gary S. Becker
Ethnicity
  • Ashkenazi Jews
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Princeton University
  • University of Chicago
Employment
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Lived in
  • Pottsville
Died
May 3, 2014
Chicago

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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