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About the Author

Gary S. Becker (1930-2014) was University Professor at the University of Chicago with a joint appointment in both the economics and sociology departments. He was the author of many books, including Human Capital: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis and The Economics of Discrimination. He collaborated with Richard Posner on the Becker-Posner Blog, which formed the basis for their book Uncommon Sense: Economic Insights, from Marriage to Terrorism. Becker was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (September 15, 1978)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226041123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226041124
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
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This book is definitely a milestone of modern economic thought. It is one of the brightest signs of changing paradigm, from considering only those problems as 'economical' where prices and volumes could be estimated, to go beyond towards traditional areas of other sciences. Economics of family and of crime to name a few. Becker considers the decision making in these cases to show that it can be straight economical, the same as applied in a pricing or in a decision to produce. The judgement of Becker's 'economic imperialism', though, is a discussible point of view. To what extent economic reasoning can be applied is a matter of axioms underlying every economic theory. And these are not obvious but questionable instead. Therefore, it is my belief that this book should be read with a greater degree of criticism, just like any analysis of problems beyond 'traditional' scope of issues of economics.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Denis Benchimol Minev on February 11, 2003
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Gary Becker is one of the most brilliant economists of our time, especially when it come to applying economics principles to non traditional areas. For example, Becker provides a rationale for altruistic behavior emerging in society, and he studies crime from the the perspective of a market economy of criminal activity. The book is somewhat technical, so a somewhat quantitative background is recommended.
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Very interesting discriptions of old ideas and a fine example of the ability of good economists to read between the lines and numbers of those projected to authoritive status. Awards and medals go a long way in cognitive dissonance. Why is economics following psychology's fear of the very fragil human element of free will?
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By fp on January 12, 2013
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The world as Becker sees it. Discrimination, gay marriage, pollution, everything falls under economist Gary Becker's powerful analytical radar. Impressive
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