Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

Research. Insights. Impact. Advancing the Legacy of Chicago Economics.

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Gary S. Becker

October 30–31, 2014

(All day)

The University of Chicago
Organizers
James J. Heckman, University of Chicago
Edward P. Lazear, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
Kevin Murphy, University of Chicago

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This conference paid tribute to the extraordinary scholarship and impact of Gary S. Becker, AM’53, PhD’55, University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago. 

Becker pioneered study in the fields of human capital, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, addiction, and the relationship between law and economics. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 for having extended microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behavior.   

This conference brought together leading scholars and colleagues to present work in the areas aligned with or inspired by Becker's work. It featured two panel discussions with some of his longtime friends and colleagues. A conference dinner Thursday evening featured personal tributes. The conference concluded with a keynote address by fellow Nobel laureate James J. Heckman on the impact of Becker's research.

The institute gratefully acknowledges the CME Group Foundation for their generous support of this event.

October 30, 2014 (All day) October 31, 2014 (All day)