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Gary S. Becker, R.I.P.

Editor's note: This column paying tribute to Nobel laureate Gary Becker  was written by William F. Shughart, J. Fish Smith Professor in Public Choice at Utah State University. It is published in The Independent Institute's electronic newsletter The Lighthouse.

Gary S. Becker, R.I.P.

By William Shughart

I first met Professor Gary Becker (1930-2014) about 15 years ago, when he came to Oxford, Miss., to present a public lecture at the University of Mississippi sponsored by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. My coauthor and then-colleague Bob Tollison and I breakfasted with him early on the morning of Dr. Becker’s visit, after he had flown in on a red-eye from Chicago the night before, arriving at a local bed-and-breakfast at about 2 a.m.

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