Gary Becker passed away yesterday.
orgtheory.net has written a better post than I could
I started a dissertation under Becker before switching to Heckman when he returned to Chicago after two years at Yale in 1991. When I asked Becker for "permission" to switch he commented that he thought Heckman would be good for me (he was right) but added that he thought the topic I was working on with him was more interesting.
A very large loss for our intellectual world.
Addendum: the obituary from the University of Chicago, including remarks from Heckman and Kevin Murphy.
Hat tips: Bob Willis and Dan Black
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