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Human Capital: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis, with Special Reference to Education
A diverse array of factors may influence both earnings and consumption; however, this work primarily focuses on the impact of investments in human capital upon an individual's potential earnings andExpand
Investment in Human Capital: A Theoretical Analysis
  • G. Becker
  • Economics
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • 1 October 1962
SOME activities primarily affect future well-being, while others have their main impact in the present. Dining is an example of the latter, while purchase of a car exemplifies the former. BothExpand
A Theory of Marriage: Part I
  • G. Becker
  • Economics, Sociology
  • Journal of Political Economy
  • 1 July 1973
I present in this paper the skeleton of a theory of marriage. The two basic assumptions are that each person tries to do as well as possible and that the "marriage market" is in equilibrium. With theExpand
A Theory of Rational Addiction
We develop a theory of rational addiction in which rationality means a consistent plan to maximize utility over time. Strong addiction to a good requires a big effect of past consumption of the goodExpand
An Economic Analysis of Fertility
THE inability of demographers to predict western birth rates accurately in the postwar period has had a salutary influence on demographic research. Most predictions had been based either on simpleExpand
A Theory of Competition Among Pressure Groups for Political Influence
This paper presents a theory of competition among pressure groups for political influence. Political equilibrium depends on the efficiency of each group in producing pressure, the effect ofExpand
A Theory of Social Interactions
This essay incorporates a general treatment of social interactions into the modern theory of consumer demand. Section 1 introduces the topic and explores some of the existing perspectives on socialExpand
An Equilibrium Theory of the Distribution of Income and Intergenerational Mobility
The theory of inequality and intergenerational mobility presented in this essay assumes that each family maximizes a utility function spanning several generations. Utility depends on the consumptionExpand
Human Capital, Effort, and the Sexual Division of Labor
  • G. Becker
  • Economics
  • Journal of Labor Economics
  • 1 January 1985
Increasing returns from specialized human capital is a powerful force creating a division of labor in the allocation of time and investments in human capital between married men and married women.Expand
An Economic Analysis of Marital Instability
This paper focuses on the causes of marital instability. Section I develops a theoretical analysis of marital dissolution, incorporating uncertainty about outcomes of marital decisions into aExpand