The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Becker, Gary S. (Born 1930)

  • Casey B. Mulligan
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Gary S. Becker has produced major economics books and articles for more than 50 years. His studies dominate labour economics and have significantly impacted studies of crime, habit formation, and other important behaviours once considered beyond the scope of economics. Some of Gary’s lasting impact can be attributed to abstraction from institutional detail and his ‘thinking problems through fully’.


Becker, G Buchanan, J Chicago School Downs, A Family economics Flat tax Friedman, M Human capital Knight, F Labour market discrimination Politics and economics Pressure groups Ricardian equivalence theorem Rotten kid theorem Schumpeter, J Stigler, G Time allocation Tullock, G 

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