The Essence of Becker

The Essence of Becker

by Ramon Febrero, Pedro S. Schwartz
     
 

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This volume presents twenty-six essays that showcase the brilliant originality and range of economic thought that earned Hoover Institution senior fellow Gary S. Becker the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992. As the first published collection of Becker's papers, this selection offers an overview of the fundamental theries and unorthodox applications that

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This volume presents twenty-six essays that showcase the brilliant originality and range of economic thought that earned Hoover Institution senior fellow Gary S. Becker the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992. As the first published collection of Becker's papers, this selection offers an overview of the fundamental theries and unorthodox applications that inspired Milton Friedman to call Becker "one of the most creative economists of our generation" and concludes with the text of Becker's Nobel lecture, a personal survey of his work.

Becker's significant contributions evolve from an economic approach to analyzing social issues that range beyond those usually considered by economists. By questioning assumptions taken for granted in most economic modeling, Becker sheds new light on previously unconnected and poorly understood social phenomena. He relies on this singular axiom: all actors in the social game are economic persons who maximize their advantages in different cost situations. In these essays, Becker studies persistent racial and sexual discrimination investment in human capital, crime and punishment, marriage and divorce, the family, drug addiction, and other apparently noneconomic dimensions of society. Significantly, Becker's findings not only shift huge problems that other social scientists once considered immovable but also stand up to empirical challenge.

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A collection of essays by Nobel Prize-winning economist Becker, chronicling the evolution of his thought from economic to social issues such as racial and sexual discrimination, investment in human capital, marriage and the family, and drug addiction. Includes the text of his Nobel lecture, "The Economic Way of Looking at Behavior." Paper edition (9342-8), $25.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780817993429
Publisher:
Hoover Institution Press
Publication date:
02/29/2000
Series:
Publication Series, #42
Pages:
669
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Gary S. Becker is a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Chicago, where he is currently studying formation of preferences, including addiction, as well as population growth and economic development.

Ramón Febrero is a professor of economics at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and director of the Economics and Business Administration Division of the Centro de Estudios Superiores "Ramón Carande".

Pedro S. Schwartz is a professor of the history of economic thought at the Autonomous University of Madrid and a special consultant at National Economic Research Association.

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