Former colleagues, students and friends of Gary S. Becker gathered at this memorial conference, sponsored by the Journal of Human Capital and the Becker Friedman Institute, celebrating Becker’s research on human capital and discussing recent advances in the areas of education, human capital formation and technological innovation, and immigration.
Gary S. Becker, AM '53, PhD '55, was chair of the Becker Friedman Institute from June 2011 until his death in May 2014. The institute was named to honor the contributions of Becker and his mentor, Milton Friedman, who shared a belief in the power of economics as a tool to understand the world and address serious problems.
Becker pioneered study in the fields of human capital, economics of the family and economic analysis of crime, addiction, discrimination and more. He won the 1992 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences “for having extended the domain of microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behavior and interaction, including non-market behavior.”
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