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The Economic Approach: Unpublished Writings of Gary S. Becker (Hardcover)

The Economic Approach: Unpublished Writings of Gary S. Becker By Gary S. Becker, Julio J. Elias (Editor), Casey B. Mulligan (Editor), Kevin M. Murphy (Editor), Edward L. Glaeser (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Gary S. Becker, Julio J. Elias (Editor), Casey B. Mulligan (Editor), Kevin M. Murphy (Editor), Edward L. Glaeser (Foreword by)
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A revealing collection from the intellectual titan whose work shaped the modern world.

As an economist and public intellectual, Gary S. Becker was a giant. The recipient of a Nobel Prize, a John Bates Clark Medal, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, Becker is widely regarded as the greatest microeconomist in history.

After forty years at the University of Chicago, Becker left a slew of unpublished writings that used an economic approach to human behavior, analyzing such topics as preference formation, rational indoctrination, income inequality, drugs and addiction, and the economics of family.

These papers unveil the process and personality—direct, critical, curious—that made him a beloved figure in his field and beyond. The Economic Approach examines these extant works as a capstone to the Becker oeuvre—not because the works are perfect, but because they offer an illuminating, instructive glimpse into the machinations of an economist who wasn’t motivated by publications. Here, and throughout his works, an inquisitive spirit remains remarkable and forever resonant.

About the Author

Julio J. Elias is professor of economics, director of the master of economics, and executive director of the Joint Initiative for Latin American Experimental Economics at the University of CEMA, Argentina.

Casey B. Mulligan is professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and program director at the Initiative on Enabling Choice and Competition in Healthcare at the University of Chicago.

Kevin M. Murphy is George J. Stigler Distinguished Service Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Edward L. Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a research associate and director of the working group on urban economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

Praise For…

"Gary Becker is one of the greatest economists of all time. The Economic Approach is perhaps the best place to start dipping into his work."
— Tyler Cowen | George Mason University

"What a tremendous book! Becker was a giant, with an extraordinary combination of intense focus and curiosity, and you can see his genius here. Be prepared to be surprised and illuminated—and to have some fun in the process.”
— Cass R. Sunstein | author of "Too Much Information"

Product Details
ISBN: 9780226827209
ISBN-10: 0226827208
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: August 16th, 2023
Pages: 184
Language: English