Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gary Becker, RIP

Gary Becker passed away yesterday. 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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