John Maynard Keynes coined the term “animal spirits” to refer to emotional Nobel laureate George A. Akerlof and prescient Yale economics professor Robert J. Animal spirits: how human psychology drives the economy, and why it matters for global capitalism / George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller. 23 Things They Don’t Tell You about Capitalism by Ha-Joon Chang Animal Spirits by George A. Akerlof The General Theory of Employment, Interest, and Money.
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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: I just finished my second year in mathematical economics. Rather, it exposes the shortcomings of classical economics and urges policy makers to consider the world we live in rather than the world their false assumptions describe.
It would lose marketability but I wish I would hear an economist talk about linearization- various economics theories of the past are actually linearized approximations of actual behaviour, but behaviour outside of the valid linear range is either undefined and maybe undefinable or bears more research. Thank you for your feedback. Is this book accessible?
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The authors show how effects of animal spirits refutes the monetarist theory that there is a natural rate of aketlof which it is not desirable to exceed. Part One explains the five “animal spirits” Akerlof and Stiller think are most important: In Akerlof’s view, this saving was spigits to their economic growth. He has a narrative that is consistent with historical examples, but that’s a far cry from an economic theory.
Great book discussing the benefits and drawbacks of a capitalist economy where the “the invisible hand” is at work. No wonder few economists forecasted the Recession. They have precise models that give the wrong answer.
Some of the ideas and info: The primary theme of the book attacks the basic economics premise that people primarily make rationale decisions in their economic interests, instead of often acting irrationally or in response to perceptions of fairness, corruption, etc.
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Animal Spirits by George Akerlof, Robert Shiller
Apr 29, Heorge rated it it was amazing. They craft the argument that the conventional wisdom in economics is flawed because it does not take into account societal constraints and human behavior, which greatly influence the economy.
Chapter 8 tackles the reasons for unemployment, which the authors say is partly due to animal spirits such as concerns for fairness and the money illusion. Oct 08, D. I really got a lot out of this book.
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Hopefully someday I’ll get to work with George as well; his work sounds like almost exactly what I want to be doing. It is written in a very readable style, and uses hardly any math; but spirist marks a paradigm shift in macroeconomic theory.
Morrese rated it liked it. Do we really need another missive which forcefully argues that people often act in irrational ways that harm their own beorge Jan 10, John Gurney rated it really liked it. The authors argue that the effects of animal spirits make a strong case for affirmative action.
The money illusion section was very good, none of the other economics books I’ve read have given it as much as attention as it gets here. The book has a bit of an awkward feeling but that does not take away the valuable lessons and insights.
Department of Defense, my experience would suggest quite the contrary. Stories have great power to drive economies. An exception to the numerous glowing reviews the book received was a lengthy critique published in The New Republic by the Judge Richard Posner. See all reviews. Anytime there is a great mania, corruption will come to light when the air starts to come out of the bubble.
Animal Spirits carries its ambition lightly—but is ambitious nonetheless. Ad to this the effect of inflation. Our New Theory Of Macroeconomics”. They point out that most economists assume that humans are economically motivated and rational in their economic decisions despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary.
Instead of a penetrating analysis which yields up new findings, the spiirts is left with conclusions that are obvious to anyone familiar with the way economic decisions are made in the real world. The right next step is not to decry it, but to rigorously investigate what happens when you relax one of the assumptions.
Aug 23, Scott Garbus added it. Reality is unrealistic, heorge sadly, the good guys don’t always win. Money illusion, feedback loops, subjective societal concerns over ‘fairness’, and ‘stories’ are all part of the “Animal Spirits” hats off to Keynes investigated here.
Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism
We are hard-wired for a fairness ethic — at least where fair exchange is concerned. Who was Humpty Dumpty? Spidits by world class economists, including one who won a Nobel Prize in economics.
Unlike many quantitative measures, it isn’t even necessarily clear how one would go about rebutting the validity of “stories” or “perceptions of fairness”.