The Becker Friedman Institute advances inquiry that illuminates our choices, our economy, our society, and our future.
The institute’s conferences, visiting scholars program, research initiatives, and programs for young scholars are designed to inspire, refine, and disseminate research. A collaboration of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, the Department of Economics, the Law School, and the Harris School of Public Policy, the institute bridges these disciplines to capitalize on shared perspectives. Now located in Saieh Hall for Economics, the institute is an intellectual destination for the world’s best minds, bringing together economists and scholars across disciplines for conversations and collaborations that spark and sharpen new ideas.
Our programs foster research in the distinctive Chicago economics approach, exemplified in the enduring work of our namesakes, Milton Friedman and Gary S. Becker. They shared the belief that economics is a powerful tool for understanding the world. Following that belief, we prepare and support innovative scholars who apply economic analysis to our most challenging social and policy issues.