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A Conversation with Gary S. Becker

Intellectual Portrait Series

Gary Becker (1930-2014) was one of the most original and pathbreaking economists of modern times. His 1992 Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences was described as his "having extended the domain of microeconomic analysis to a wide range of human behaviour and interaction, including nonmarket behavior." Becker's early work on discrimination led to his further work on Human Capital and education, including economic analyses of crime and punishment, focusing on the family as a fundamental decision-making unit, and the formation of habits. His studies yielded fresh approaches to solving these underlying problems, inspiring and opening a path to a generation of research in areas previously thought to be intractable, such as the interactions between economics, biology, and sociology. This 2003 interview, conducted by Edward Lazear, also includes a bonus conversation where he is also joined by Judge Richard A. Posner, who later co-blogged with Becker on the Becker-Posner Blog.

Additional materials, including a video index and sharing tool, discussion questions, and links for further reading plus audio-only file formats, are available at Newmedia at UFM.edu.



   

A Conversation with Milton Friedman

Intellectual Portrait Series

Recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Milton Friedman (1912-2006) has long been recognized as one of our most important economic thinkers and a leader of the Chicago school of economics. He is the author of many books and articles in economics, including A Theory of the Consumption Function and A Monetary History of the United States (with Anna J. Schwartz). Friedman also wrote extensively on public policy, always with a primary emphasis on the preservation and extension of individual freedom. His most important books in this field include (with Rose D. Friedman) Capitalism and Freedom and Free to Choose. Friedman also wrote a popular column for Newsweek magazine from 1966 to 1983. In this 2003 interview with his former student and fellow Nobel laureate Gary Becker, Friedman discusses his economics, his public outreach, and his thoughts on economic education.

Additional materials, including a video index and sharing tool, discussion questions, and links for further reading plus audio-only file formats, are available at Newmedia at UFM.edu.


   

A Conversation with Armen A. Alchian

Intellectual Portrait Series

Recognized as one of the most influential voices in the areas of market structure, the theory of the firm, law and economics, resource unemployment, and monetary theory and policy, in this 2001 interview, Armen Alchian (1914-2013) outlines the "UCLA tradition" of economics which he founded and explores the many unanticipated consequences of self-seeking individual behavior.

Additional materials, including a video index and sharing tool, discussion questions, and links for further reading plus audio-only file formats, are available at Newmedia at UFM.edu.



   

A Conversation with Anthony de Jasay

Intellectual Portrait Series

Anthony de Jasay, a regular columnist for Econlib, is one of the most original and independent thinkers on the relationship between the individual and the state. Through his published works, he has challenged the reigning paradigms justifying modern democratic growth. His deeply challenging theoretical works include The State, an analysis that views the state as acting primarily in its own interests and often in opposition to the interests of both society and individuals. His other works include Social Contract, Free Ride: A Study of the Public Goods Problem; Against Politics; and Political Economy, Concisely. In this 2000 interview with Hartmut Kliemt, he discusses his work which has become known for its insightful, individualistic, and unconventional analysis of power, politics, and freedom.

Additional materials, including a video index and sharing tool, discussion questions, and links for further reading plus audio-only file formats, are available at Newmedia at UFM.edu.


   


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