American Experience
A Brilliant Madness: American Nobel Economists
Gary S. Becker

Becker's childhood home was a place of many lively discussions about politics and justice. Although more interested in sports than books until age sixteen, his interests in mathematics and altruism came together in an economics course in his freshman year at Princeton. He was awarded the Nobel as a pioneer in the economics of marriage and fertility, crime and punishment, education and training, discrimination and the formation of habits. He was cited by the Swedish Academy for extending "the sphere of economic analysis to new areas of human behavior and relations."

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