Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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

Oral Histories Capture the Origins of Chicago Economic Thinking

Shultz, Harberger Share Recollections in First Interviews

The history of transformative economic insights developed at the University of Chicago is long, rich, and deep—but not well known outside scholarly circles.

To preserve and highlight the history of economic inquiry at the University of Chicago, the Becker Friedman Institute launched an effort to capture the memories, reflections, and contributions of distinguished senior economists associated with the school.

The institute partnered with the Oral History Center at the University of California Berkeley Bancroft Library to videotape extensive, professionally conducted interviews. The resulting video and transcripts archive this invaluable first-hand knowledge for posterity and other researchers.

The transcripts and video excerpts are posted here and on the Berkeley Library web site, with more to come.