University Professor in Economics, Booth School of Business, and Sociology
University of Chicago
Gary S. Becker, who won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science in 1992, is recognized for his expertise in human capital, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, and population. He received the National Medal of Science in 2000 for his work in social policy. He is the 2004 recipient of the Jacob Mincer Prize for lifetime achievement in the field of labor economics and is one of the initial fellows of the Society of Labor Economists. Becker's most recent publications include Uncommon Sense: Economic Insights, from Marriage to Terrorism (2009) coauthored with Richard Posner, The Economics of Life (with Guity Nashat) (McGraw Hill, 1997) and Accounting for Tastes (Harvard University Press, 1996). He is the author of numerous books, including the seminal work Human Capital (Columbia University Press, 1964; 3d edition, 1993), which was awarded the prestigious W.S.Woytinskty Award in 1964. In addition to being a Nobel laureate, Becker is a recipient of the 2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom.