Gary S. Becker is one of the world’s most innovative economists. His extension of economic analysis into the fields of sociology, criminology, and demography has increased our understanding of individual behavior and its effect on society.

Becker currently serves as a member of Cato’s Social Security Advisory Board and has been a vocal supporter of Social Security reform. As he wrote in the Wall Street Journal, Social Security “privatization helps to separate saving for retirement from interest- group politics, from taxation, and from government spending.”

Becker is currently University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago and the Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He has authored numerous important books, including Human Capital, Social Economics, The Economics of Life, and A Treatise on the Family.

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Happy Birthday, Milton Friedman

Business Week. July 1, 2002.