• No Comments

Animal spirits: how human psychology drives the economy, and why it matters for global capitalism / George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller. John Maynard Keynes coined the term “animal spirits” to refer to emotional mindsets. Akerlof’s and Shiller’s distinguished reputations command attention, and. Summary of “Animal Spirits” — Akerlof and Shiller. Every major economic crisis represents an occasion to review the economic theories that purport to explain it, .

Author: Nigal Telabar
Country: Mexico
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Love
Published (Last): 15 February 2009
Pages: 243
PDF File Size: 7.2 Mb
ePub File Size: 13.21 Mb
ISBN: 376-1-85965-557-5
Downloads: 51617
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Kigazuru

This book provides a more convincing and deeper explanation of the recent credit crisis than any I shillsr read. But he makes no predictive propositions; there’s nothing quantitative.

Money illusion, feedback loops, subjective societal concerns over ‘fairness’, and ‘stories’ are all part of the “Animal Spirits” hats off to Keynes investigated shi,ler. Akerlof examines five important psychological elements that economists should take into account: Although I read this four years ago, I still remember it very clearly.

He was an egg. The question I found myself asking was: Workers for example will forgo a pay rise even when prices are rising, if they know that their firm is facing challenging conditions—but they are much less willing to accept a pay cut even when prices aerlof falling.

Akerlof and Shiller began writing the book in Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

But go through booms and busts once every few decades. For more own part, I imagine that this is only true if some other nation is willing to spend the money to purchase the products generated by this economy namely, the U.

The maximum likelihood is basically just what you actually found. If not, why isn’t education of the public an option? Aug 13, Joel rated it really liked it Shelves: He claims that the existence of non-indexed contracts means that people shiiller completely ensnared in the money illusion.


The authors are quite right in questioning the prevailing economic theories that have been in ascendancy since Ronald Regan. There is also a more serious undercurrent in this book, about how the “rational” economists ignore how we really feel.

With enough free parameters you can fit an elephant; it’s easy to make a model that fits the past. This appears to be a cultural universal. Very well researched, but not too actionable. May 21, Karl Nordenstorm rated it really liked it.

Irrational Exuberance was a much better read. Epic also makes use our two-second audio buffer through techniques like rhyme and meter. Want to Read saving….

Animal Spirits (book) – Wikipedia

The book doesn’t explore the solution space much- my first thought is that an progressive proportion of wages should be in the flexible form of stock options in the employers 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. It ignores the animal zpirits. But won’t those programs aksrlof infected by the same diseases? I also really liked the chapter on the asymmetrical behaviour of compensation in economic down-turns vs.

Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism

You can remember longer sentences if you say them faster. Pages to import images to Wikidata.

Because human beings like to organize their world in terms of stories. Animal Spirits is an well-written treatise accessible to both economists and non-economists anumal.

This page was last edited on 3 Novemberat Psychology in economics is a fascinating and emerging field, but you’d never know it from this shallow and reductive book.


The authors assert that the Keynesian Revolution was emasculated as Keynesians progressively relegated the importance of animal ahiller to accommodate the views of economists who preferred the simpler classical or neo-classical system. I don’t know much about economy, but i am passionate for psychology Akerlof and Robert Spkrits.

In cases such as andthere were identifiable, proximate causes for shiloer actions which we can turn to without invoking “animal spirits”.

It is a catch all for drivers not explained by rational agents acting in their self- interest. Aug 21, InvestingByTheBooks. Insofar as “Animal Spirits” takes the reader on a guided tour through some of the financial cataclysms xnimal the 20th century, it is useful as a historical narrative. Only the wise hand of government on economic the tiller can save us. The authors look at the roots of the recessions and depressions of the previous years akerlo so, and identify the factors that they think need to be brought into a deeper understanding of economics to explain the current crisis.

Department of Defense, my experience would suggest quite the contrary. Animal Spirits attempts to illuminate the role of the irrational on markets, and how it may have influenced our recent economic history.

These definitely seem to be weaknesses in current spiirits theory. Why do people make the same mistake over and over?