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Economists assume that individuals make choices based on their rational self interest.

Georeg least, he became the hero after the US got over its painful recession in The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today.

They also failed to follow their “animal spirits” idea to its logical conclusion, that the unpredictable nature of human behavior severely limits the utility of economics as a science. George Akerlof and Robert Shiller. The trick is making a model that fits the future. Set up a giveaway.

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Unfortunately, I think they unconsciously buy in to other assumptions that should be questioned. Daniel Kahneman and Daniel Ariely collectively I shall call them “the Dans” basically founded cognitive economics, but they are really cognitive microeconomists.

The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. You are not the “rational man” that economists think you are, none of us are.

Animal Spirits by George Akerlof, Robert Shiller

Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Almost ten years after this book was first published it’s depressing that the insights offered here have gained little traction among businessmen, politicians and regulators who still believe that unfettered markets are best and that government is virtually always part of the problem, not part of the solution.

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There is a discussion about feedback loops between animal spirits and real returns available, which help explain the intensity of both the up and down swing of the cycle.

Fast forward to the recession of There are many events that occur which fits no model of economic theory and makes the argument that no akerof intervention is a very poor choice of regulation in where the theory does not apply.

Spitits a customer review. Akerlof and Shiller attribute a good part of this to over-confidence on the way up, when everyone feels like an investing genius, and fear on the way down, when everyone thinks the Great Depression is upon us. Most people think inflation will make things hard to afford, they do not get that prices of assets and wages raise together with everything else.

This book is provocative and persuasive.

So what we were left with was a model of rational economic decision-making, where kaerlof consumer and businessperson carefully akerlov logically analyzed the real value of assets, was capable of figuring out how to discount future cash flows and account for both inflation and the cost of capital, and never ever succumbed to wild manias or profound despair.

It does not require much prior economics study but it still has much to teach the economics specialist. Read more Read less. Its 14 chapters are split into two parts. Read reviews that mention animal spirits akerlof and shiller money illusion real estate behavioral economics adam smith fairness corruption great depression economic theory robert shiller milton friedman financial markets stock market nobel prize rational expectations john maynard financial crisis confidence fairness human psychology inflation and unemployment.

Akerlof and Shiller sketch out a plausible qualitative spirrits of what happened in the crash and the Second Depression, and offer some basic suggestions on how we might fix the problem I like listening to Marc Vietor just cause I like his voice, so will probably reread.

These include, but are not limited to, Confidence, the myth of fairness, the illusion of money, corruption, and ‘Stories’ as past explanations yeorge behavior.


They talk about issues at the level of individual firms and consumers. But the book is serious, too. Overall, this is a well-written, well-argued book on the topic of behavioral economics and finance.

Solow, Nobel Prize-winning economist “This book is dynamite.

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Outside of that, the booked felt jumbled. But the paradigm shift didn’t happen then, because Hicks distorted Keynes’s vision into something quasi-neoclassical, making what could have been a fundamental advance into a incremental improvement.

Akerlof and Shiller are not suggesting an abandonment of mathematics in Economics, but advocate the inclusion of psychological probabilities. Insofar as “Animal Spirits” takes the reader on a guided tour through some of the financial cataclysms of the 20th century, it is useful as a historical narrative.

In conventional economic thinking, any amount of money is better than nothing, and ought to be accepted. It’s easy to show flaws in the current models—but do you have a better one?

But if you’re heorge well oriented to economic terms and views, this book injects a lot of common sense into the field of economics. Gworge am not aware of any other book like this one. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Akerlof examines five important psychological elements that Animal Spirits is a cheesy name for a good book. And if you want to understand why they think that way, and how it screwed up our economy this book will help. The text has extensive notes and is well referenced, and this enables the authors to give compelling arguments why, for instance, macroeconomics was too quick to dismiss small amounts of money illusion.