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A Treatise on the Family

Enlarged Edition

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$52.00 • £41.95 • €47.00

ISBN 9780674906990

Publication Date: 10/15/1993


304 pages

6 x 9-1/4 inches

3 line illustrations, 4 tables


Becker dazzles the reader… To challenge us collectively to think about what we could not yet explain was Gary Becker’s gift to us in the original edition of A Treatise on the Family. The new edition is a reminder that we still have far to go.—Debra Friedman, Contemporary Sociology

The most important book on the family to appear in many years. Becker’s stark economic conception of action cuts through the romantic mist that so often blinds social scientists to the hard choices faced by families and their members.—Michael T. Hannan, Journal of Economic Literature

Destined to have a significant impact on a number of different disciplines, including economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, history, demography, epidemiology, and biology.—Warren C. Sanderson, Science

This truly pathbreaking book marries techniques and problems hitherto regarded as utterly incompatible—rigorous economic reasoning to understanding the family. The marriage is astoundingly productive. It is destined to affect the foundations of every science dealing with human behavior.—Milton Friedman

Awards & Accolades

  • Gary S. Becker Is Winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Economics
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