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Gary Becker, Who Applied Economics to Social Study, Dies at 83

Gary Becker, the University of Chicago economist who won a Nobel Prize for applying economic methods to shed light on sociological topics such as crime, education and marriage, has died. He was 83.

He died on May 3 after a long illness, according to a statement yesterday on the website of the University of Chicago, where he was a professor of economics and sociology. His death occurred at Northwestern Hospital, the Associated Press reported, citing his stepson, Michael Claffey.