Reflecting on the Work of Gary Becker

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Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed Casey Mulligan, Former Chief Economist of the White House Council of Economic Advisers (2018-19).

Recently Price and Mulligan discussed a new book that looks back at the work of Nobel Prize winning economist Gary Becker of the University of Chicago.
Dr. Casey B. Mulligan is the former Chief Economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors and was a student of Becker in the 1990s. He and two of his colleagues — also students of Becker — compiled this important previously unpublished anthology of his works.
In an article from The University of Chicago Economics Department: “Published last year by the University of Chicago Press, The Economic Approach: Unpublished Writings of Gary S. Becker brings readers closer to the ever-evolving research of the renowned late economist — and perhaps inspires them to continue working where he left off.
The text was brought to life through editing by Julio J. Elias, a professor in the Department of Economics and Business School of the University of CEMA, Argentina, and UChicago professors Casey B. Mulligan and Kevin M. Murphy. But the process was sparked when Guity Becker, Gary’s wife, gathered together a collection of her husband’s work papers from over the years. These included drafts and notes of both his published and unpublished work, from sketches of initial ideas to near-completed papers.”
This was a fascinating look at Becker and how his work remains extremely relevant today.

According to the NY Times, “Mulligan is affiliated with a number of professional organizations, including the National Bureau of Economic Research, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and the Population Research Center. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including those from the National Science Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Smith- Richardson Foundation, and the John M. Olin Foundation.


“Professor Mulligan received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago in 1993. He has also served as a visiting professor teaching public economics at Harvard University, Clemson University, and Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago.”


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