Economics of Life by Gary S. Becker
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Economics of Life
By Gary S. Becker

Economics of Life

From Baseball to Affirmative Action to Immigration : How Real-world Issues Affect Our Everyday Life

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Economics of Life by Gary S. Becker

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'...the 1992 Nobel laureate demonstrates his well-known talent for extending ever further the frontiers of economics...in these pieces, the real world is very much at hand' - "Business Week". 'Becker goes tot he root of the problem...brims with fresh insights' - "The Wall Street Journal". 1992 Nobel Prize winner Gary S. Becker is one of the few modern economists to apply economic theory to human behavior. His provocative world-view states that our daily actions and choices are influenced more than we know by market forces and economic incentives.In "The Economics of Life", Gary Becker and historian Guity Nashat Becker have collected the best of the economist's popular work from his monthly "Business Week" column along with introductions that bring each topic into present-day focus. Extending well beyond the traditional range of economics, these 138 essays provocatively address modern issues including: the changing role of women in modern economics, crime, immigration, drugs, discrimination against minorities, and many other topics. From legalizing drugs to auctioning off immigration rights, the Beckers do not shy away from advocating controversial changes in public policy and personal behavior. They will set you thinking and perhaps change your mind about the connections between economics and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780070067097
ISBN-10: 0070067090
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education - Europe
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Oxford Handbook of Human Capital by Gary S. Becker Oxford Handbook of Human Capital, Hardback (February 2011)

This Handbook provides a much needed, authoritative, and inter-disciplinary survey of concepts, applications, and research on human capital, the stock of human capabilities and knowledge found in organizations. It is designed for scholars and graduate students in business and across the social sciences, as well as policy makers and practitioners.

Uncommon Sense by Gary S. Becker Uncommon Sense, Paperback (September 2010)

On December 5, 2004, the still-developing blogosphere took one of its biggest steps toward mainstream credibility, as Nobel Prize - winning economist Gary S Becker and renowned jurist and legal scholar Richard A Posner announced the formation of the Becker-Posner Blog. This book gathers the most important and innovative entries from the blog.

Milton Friedman on Economics by Gary S. Becker Milton Friedman on Economics, Paperback (February 2008)

Milton Friedman was lauded as the grandmaster of free-market economic theory in the postwar era. This book collects many of Friedman's papers on topics in economics that were published in the "Journal of Political Economy". It incorporates papers from 1948 to 1990. It is useful for those tracing the course of 20th century economics and politics.

Accounting for Tastes by Gary S. Becker Accounting for Tastes, Paperback (February 1998)

Economists generally accept as a given the old adage that there is no accounting for tastes. The author disagrees, and confronts the problem of preferences and values: how they are formed and how they affect our behaviour. Areas extra to traditional economics are therefore touched upon.

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Reviews

UK Kirkus Review » Gary Becker, a Nobel Prize winner, and his wife Guity have compiled a series of essays culled from his work for Business Week. Classified into 14 parts; these essays provocatively tackle issues such as the changing role of women in modern economies, immigration, drugs and discrimination against minorities, and are fully accessible to the lay-reader interested in an alternative approach to thinking about everyday problems. In one part, Becker explains the relevance of antitrust and cartel economic theory to the regulation of college sports and the conspiracy to lower the compensation received by college athletes. Commendably, the Beckers deliberately stay away from any of the complex mathematical notation and graphical diagrams that economists nonchalently use to illustrate their points, and in the process distance the reader. This is an economics book that is relevant to our everyday life. (Kirkus UK)


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Author Biography - Gary S. Becker

Gary S. Becker won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1992 for his theory of "economic reasoning." Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago, Becker writes a monthly column for Business Week, is a frequent editorialist for The Wall Street Journal, and is a regular guest on such television programs as The McNeil-Lehrer Report and Adam SmithOs Money World. Guity Nashat Becker is Associate Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Fellow of the Hoover Institution, and a graduate of the Columbia University School of Journalism. She has written several books and appeared on many TV and radio programs. The Beckers live in Chicago.

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