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A Celebration of the Life and Work of Gary S. Becker

 October 30-31, 2014


This conference pays tribute to the extraordinary scholarship and impact of Gary S. Becker, AM'53, PhD'55, University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago.


Becker pioneered study in the fields of human capital, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, addiction, and the relationship between law and economics. He won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1992 for having extended microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behavior.


This conference will bring together leading scholars and colleagues to present work in the areas aligned with or inspired by Becker's work. It features two panel discussions with some of his longtime friends and colleagues. A conference dinner Thursday evening will feature personal tributes. The conference concludes on Friday with a keynote address by fellow Nobel laureate James J. Heckman on the impact of Becker's research.


After the conference, participants are invited to attend a luncheon and the university's celebration of his life and work, followed by a reception.

Register for the conference here.


The photographs on this website were taken by Beth Rooney, Wendy Wagner, and PRC staff members.




Demography Workshop

The Demography Workshop for Fall 2014 will be starting on October 2nd. Please see the schedule for presentations this quarter. We look forward to seeing you there!


For more information about the weekly workshop series see Events>>Demography Workshop>> The Demography Workshop is co-sponsored by the Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging>>