Ricardo Lagos Escobar was born on 2 March 1938 in Santiago, the only son of Don Froilán Lagos, a small landowner, and Emma Escobar, a teacher. Lagos was only eight when his father died, leaving his mother to raise him. He received a law degree from the University of Chile in 1960 and a doctorate in economics from Duke University in 1966. Lagos worked as professor, attorney, and secretary-general of the University of Chile prior to entering politics, where he has spent the bulk of his adult life. In 1971, he married Luisa Duran (his second marriage); the couple has one daughter. Lagos has two sons from his first marriage.