Faculty & Research

George Stigler, 1911-1991

Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, 1982

George Stigler received the award for his seminal studies of industrial structures, functioning of markets, and causes and effects of public regulation.

  • 1982 Nobel Prize
  • About Stigler

Stigler received the award for his fundamental contributions to the study of market processes and the analysis of the structure of industries. His award marks the first time that the Nobel was given to an economist whose primary appointment was at a business school. Read the announcement »

He is among nine Chicago Booth faculty members to receive the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences since 1968.

Stigler joined the faculty of Chicago Booth and the department of economics at the University of Chicago in 1958. Stigler is best known for developing the Economic Theory of Regulation, which says that economic and political interest groups will use the regulatory and coercive powers of government to shape laws and regulations to benefit themselves.

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