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March 24, 2010

Contact Gary Klein at 608-796-3074 or glklein@viterbo.edu

NOBEL ECONOMIST GARY BECKER TO PRESENT “THE WORLDWIDE BOOM IN HIGHER EDUCATION, ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN” AT VITERBO APRIL 14

 LA CROSSE, Wis. – Nobel Memorial Prize for Economic Science and Presidential Medal of Freedom winner Gary Becker will present “The Worldwide Boom in Higher Education, Especially for Women” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 14 in the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Lobby.

Becker is recognized for his expertise in human capital, economic incentives and microeconomics, economics of the family, and economic analysis of crime, discrimination, and population. He was a featured monthly columnist for Business Week magazine for almost 20 years, has written more than 10 books and 100 professional articles, and has received numerous prestigious awards.

“The presentation will document the worldwide boom in higher education during the past several decades,” Becker said. “This has been especially great for women. I will offer an explanation for the boom, and why women are now more likely to attend and finish their college education than men.”

Becker is a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Chicago and a professor in the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by Viterbo University.

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