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Gary S. Becker und Guity Nashat Becker (1998): The Economics of Life.

"The great majority of people are more rational and make fewer mistakes in promoting their own intereststhan even well-intentioned government officials," writes this impressive couple (Gary won the 1992 Nobel Prize for Economics).

The short, column-length essays that make up this volume first appeared in Business Week magazine and show for a popular audience how market incentives influence human behavior in countless ways. The Beckers criticize centralized planning, racial quotas and trade tariffs, and endorse drug legalization, privatized social security and school vouchers. They also veer into unexpected terrain, addressing religion, sports and marriage with keen insight.

 

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