'...the 1992 Nobel laureate demonstrates his well-kwn talent for extending ever further the frontiers of ecomics...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 ecomists to apply ecomic theory to human behavior. His provocative world-view states that our daily actions and choices are influenced more than we kw by market forces and ecomic incentives.In The Ecomics of Life , Gary Becker and historian Guity Nashat Becker have collected the best of the ecomist'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 ecomics, these 138 essays provocatively address modern issues including: the changing role of women in modern ecomics, crime, immigration, drugs, discrimination against mirities, and many other topics. From legalizing drugs to auctioning off immigration rights, the Beckers do t 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 ecomics and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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.