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Animal spirits : how human psychology drives the economy, and why it matters for global capitalism / George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller
Bib ID 4586757
Format BookBook
Author
Akerlof, George A., 1940-
 
Description Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2009 
xiv, 230 p. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 9780691142333
0691142335
Summary

"In this book, George Akerlof and Robert Shiller reassert the necessity of an active government role in economic policymaking by recovering the idea of animal spirits, a term John Maynard Keynes used to describe the gloom and despondence that led to the Great Depression and the changing psychology that accompanied recovery. Like Keynes, Akerlof and Shiller know that managing these animal spirits requires the steady hand of government - simply allowing markets to work won't do it. In rebuilding the case for a more robust, behaviorally informed Keynesianism, they detail the most pervasive effects of animal spirits in contemporary economic life - such as confidence, fear, bad faith, corruption, a concern for fairness, and the stories we tell ourselves about our economic fortunes - and show how Reaganomics, Thatcherism, and the rational expectations revolution failed to account for them."

"Animal Spirits offers a road map for reversing the financial misfortunes besetting us today. Read it and learn how leaders can channel animal spirits - the powerful forces of human psychology that are afoot in the world economy today."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Pt. 1. Animal Spirits
  • 1. Confidence and Its Multipliers
  • 2. Fairness
  • 3. Corruption and Bad Faith
  • 4. Money Illusion
  • 5. Stories
  • Pt. 2. Eight Questions and Their Answers
  • 6. Why Do Economies Fall into Depression?
  • 7. Why Do Central Bankers Have Power over the Economy (Insofar as They Do)?
  • Postscript to Chapter Seven: The Current Financial Crisis: What Is to Be Done?
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p.199-218) and index.

Subjects Economics -- Psychological aspects.  |  Finance -- Psychological aspects.  |  Capitalism.  |  Globalization.
Other authors/contributors Shiller, Robert J
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504 |aIncludes bibliographical references (p.199-218) and index.
505 0 |aPt. 1. Animal Spirits -- 1. Confidence and Its Multipliers -- 2. Fairness -- 3. Corruption and Bad Faith -- 4. Money Illusion -- 5. Stories -- Pt. 2. Eight Questions and Their Answers -- 6. Why Do Economies Fall into Depression? -- 7. Why Do Central Bankers Have Power over the Economy (Insofar as They Do)? -- Postscript to Chapter Seven: The Current Financial Crisis: What Is to Be Done? -- 8. Why Are There People Who Cannot Find a Job? -- 9. Why Is There a Trade-off between Inflation and Unemployment in the Long Run? -- 10. Why Is Saving for the Future So Arbitrary? -- 11. Why Are Financial Prices and Corporate Investments So Volatile? -- 12. Why Do Real Estate Markets Go through Cycles? -- 13. Why Is There Special Poverty among Minorities? -- 14. Conclusion.
520 1 |a"In this book, George Akerlof and Robert Shiller reassert the necessity of an active government role in economic policymaking by recovering the idea of animal spirits, a term John Maynard Keynes used to describe the gloom and despondence that led to the Great Depression and the changing psychology that accompanied recovery. Like Keynes, Akerlof and Shiller know that managing these animal spirits requires the steady hand of government - simply allowing markets to work won't do it. In rebuilding the case for a more robust, behaviorally informed Keynesianism, they detail the most pervasive effects of animal spirits in contemporary economic life - such as confidence, fear, bad faith, corruption, a concern for fairness, and the stories we tell ourselves about our economic fortunes - and show how Reaganomics, Thatcherism, and the rational expectations revolution failed to account for them."
520 8 |a"Animal Spirits offers a road map for reversing the financial misfortunes besetting us today. Read it and learn how leaders can channel animal spirits - the powerful forces of human psychology that are afoot in the world economy today."--BOOK JACKET.
650 0 |aEconomics|xPsychological aspects.
650 0 |aFinance|xPsychological aspects.
650 0 |aCapitalism.
650 0 |aGlobalization.
700 1 |aShiller, Robert J.
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