Stigler, George J. (1911–1992)

George Joseph Stigler was born in Renton, a small town near Seattle, Washington. He was one of the greatest economists of the twentieth century, influencing how scholars in every field of social science approached the study of law. One of his many honors, the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, was awarded to him in 1982 for his seminal studies of industrial structures, the functioning of markets, and the causes and effects of public regulation. Stigler thought his most important contribution was his theoretical work on the economics of information. Many scholars thought Stigler's most important scientific contributions were in the history of economic thought. Stigler was also a pioneer in the development of public choice economics.

His work exemplified the famous Chicago school of ...

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