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Gary S. Becker, PhD Biography

Former Professor in the Departments of Economics, Sociology, and the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago
Con to the question "Should Performance-Enhancing Drugs Be Accepted in Sports?"

“While the case for banning various types of drugs and other enhancers is strong, the ability to control doping is limited. For there is a continuing battle between bans and the discovery of new enhancers that have not been banned…

The result is a fragile equilibrium between the banning of various substances, enforcement of bans, and the search for new substances and ways to evade bans on old substances. This is not a perfect outcome, but I believe it is on the whole better for competitive sports and for participants than a policy that allows all kinds of performance enhancers and stimulants.”

“Doping in Sports,” Becker-Posner blog, Aug. 27, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, 1990-2014
  • Professor, Departments of Economics, Sociology, and the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago, 1983-2014
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2007
  • Medal of the Italian Presidency, 2004
  • Member, Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Defense, 2001-2004
  • Board of Directors, Manhattan Institute, 1997-2003
  • National Medal of Science, 2000
  • Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences, 1992
  • Member, Academic Advisory Board, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, 1987-1991
  • Columnist, Business Week, 1985-2004
  • Research Associate, Economics Research Center, National Opinion Research Center (N.O.R.C.), 1980
  • Member, Domestic Advisory Board, Hoover Institution, 1973-1991
  • Board of Publications, University of Chicago Press, 1971-1975
  • Ford Foundation Visiting Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, 1969-1970
  • Professor of Economics, Columbia University, 1960-1969
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1955
  • AM (Master’s degree), University of Chicago, 1953
  • AB (Bachelor’s degree), summa cum laude, Princeton University, 1951
  • Died May 3, 2014
  • Member, Senior Research Associate and research policy advisor to the Center for Economic Analysis of Human Behavior and Social Institutions, National Bureau of Economic Research, 1957-1979
  • Assistant and Associate Professor of Economics, Columbia University, 1957-1960
  • Assistant Professor, University of Chicago, 1954-1957
  • Recipient of Honorary Degrees from Hitotsubashi University (2005), Harvard University (2003), University of Athens (2002), University d’Aix-Marselles (1999), Hofstra University (1997), University of Rochester, University of Miami, University of Economics in Prague, Warsaw School of Economics (1995), University of Palermo, Columbia University (1993), Princeton University (1991), State University of New York at Stony Brook (1990), University of Illinois at Chicago (1988), Knox College, and Hebrew University (1985)