The Market: A Solution to International Policy Conundrums?

Finance Roundtable

International Roundtable

May 16, 2013: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Gary Becker, recognized for applying economic principles to human choices, proposes market solutions to vexing issues, such as immigration reform and the so-called war on drugs, both of which seem to defy resolution.


Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza
Chicago, Illinois

Driving Directions:


300 East Illinois Street (AMC Theater-River East Self Park Garage)

$6.00 after 3:00 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday for a 12-hour period

Garage: Self Park Facility

Payment: Automated; at pay-stations by cash or credit card or upon exit pay by credit card only.

To receive discounted rate: There is a card validator at the first floor security desk of the Gleacher Center. You will only need to insert your parking card in the validator and the new price will be automatically applied. When you leave the lot you will be charged for the lower $6.00 fee.

Detailed Directions:

Garage is located next to PJ Clarks and below the AMC Theater.

a) When traveling east on Illinois cross over Columbus and enter the Garage on the left (north) side of the street

b) If driving west on Grand (north of Theater), you can enter the garage ½ block before Columbus on the left (south) side of the street.

Event Details

While tools, such as carrots and sticks, inform international relations theory, and the tools of game theory, such as the prisoner's dilemma, inform negotiation, how can the principles of economic theory, such as incentives, provide prescriptions to intractable policy debates in geopolitics, the world economy, and the US role in the world in the coming decades? Plan now to attend this provocative presentation as a venerable economist sizes up what the politicians, business community, and diplomats can't seem to solve.


No Charge


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NOTE: Due to the expected large turnout and the limited capacity of room 600, admission is on a first come, first serve basis to the first 70 registrants to the Event Registration Website below. To guarantee the availability of your seat, please check in no later than 6:20 pm. Register early: registration will be closed when 70 is reached. After 6:20 pm, unclaimed seats will be made available on a standby, walk-in basis to those who placed their names on the standby list on-site.

Deadline: 5/15/2013


6:00 PM-6:30 PM: Registration, Networking and Cash Bar

6:30 PM-8:00 PM: Presentation

8:00 PM-9:00 PM: Networking and Cash Bar

Speaker Profiles

Gary Becker (Speaker)
Economist and Professor, The University of Chicago

Gary S. Becker received his BA degree from Princeton University and his Masters and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He taught at Columbia University for twelve years before returning to the University of Chicago in 1968. He has honorary degrees from Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, Hitotsubashi University, University of Aix Marseille, and many other universities. He is a University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago, and a Professor at the Graduate School of Business. He is also the Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.

He won the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science in 1992, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007, the National Medal of Science in 2000, the John Bates Clark Medal of the American Economic Association in 1967, and numerous other awards. He is recognized for his expertise in human capital, economic incentives, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, and population. For almost 20 years he was a featured monthly columnist for Business Week Magazine. He and Judge Richard Posner have a blog at, where every week they debate a different public policy issue.

He has written more than ten books and over 100 professional articles. His books include Human Capital, The Economics of Discrimination, The Economic Approach to Human Behavior, A Treatise on the Family, The Economics of Life (with Guity Nashat Becker), Social Economics (with Kevin Murphy), Uncommon Sense (with Judge Richard Posner), and Accounting for Tastes. His books have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and other languages.

He is a member of the Board of Faster Cures, dedicated to speeding up medical cures; the Advisory Committee on Financial Innovation of the CMAC; and the Hoover Task Forces on Energy and The Financial Crisis.

He has lectured to many groups of academics, business executives, and government officials. He is married to Guity Nashat Becker, a Professor of Middle East History, and they have four children. 


Karl L. Buschmann, '85 

Other Information


Networking is a key benefit of attending. To that end, a table will be made available for literature and handouts. Bring your business cards, brochures, handbills, literature, resumes, and publicity for placement on the table. 

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