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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. John Maynard Keynes coined the term “animal spirits” to refer to emotional Nobel laureate George A. Akerlof and prescient Yale economics professor Robert J. manage them, we must pay attention to the thought patters that animate people's ideas and feelings, their animal spirits.” - Akerlof and Shiller.
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The current financial and economic crisis has, in the meantime, generated an abundance of economic literature. “Animal Spirit” by Akerlof and Shiller stands out. George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller are highly creative economists who Under the broader rubric of animal spirits as they define it, Akerlof and Shiller. George Akerlof is the Koshland Professor of Economics at the University of Califor- Animal spirits: how human psychology drives the economy, and why.
Animal Spirits carries its ambition lightly--but is ambitious nonetheless. Economists will see it as a kind of manifesto. Animal Spirits , the powerful new blast of behavioural economics from Nobel prize-winner George Akerlof and Yale economist Robert Shiller.
Animal Spirits is an affectionate tribute to the man [John Maynard Keynes] whose ideas, unfashionable for the past 30 years, have resurged. Animal Spirits is most compelling when the authors summon all the key behavioral patterns to explain vast, complex phenomena such as the Great Depression.
Animal Spirits. Macroeconomics is now everybody's business--the banks are playing with our money. Freud, healer or fake--take your pick--built a career and a field of medicine on the idea that people are driven by irrational forces.
Akerlof, professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley and winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, and Shiller, the Yale economist who is the eminence grise of the housing meltdown, argue that massive government market intervention programs are the only way to turn fear into enthusiasm for spending and investing--the 'animal spirits' that are an essential part of recovery. Akerlof and Shiller pick up on the idea of the emotional impetus to investment.
With elegant reasoning and lovely prose, they demonstrate that we'll all be wallowing in misery unless governments around world, especially the in the G7 nations, help to return markets to optimism. Animal Spirits is a fine discussion of the last few decades of development of economic theory, especially monetary economics. Its authors are two of the discipline's leading lights. Most of the time, the unrealistic assumption of rationality serves economists fairly well.
They should, however, be more prepared to depart from it, especially in times like these--even if that makes behaviour more difficult to describe in elegant equations. Messrs Akerlof and Shiller have therefore done their profession a service. It's not only very readable; it also offers a compelling vision of a very different type of macroeconomics--one where behavioral considerations are front and center, rather than simply providing what Clive Crook calls 'ad hoc modifications' to the standard, ridiculously oversimplified and unrealistic, model.
It may mark the long-awaited encounter between psychology and economics. Akerlof and Shiller's book is probably the first macroeconomic exploration of the subject that is accessible to those interested in the subject but who don't have the academic training to understand the detailed argument. Admittedly, I'm biased as a fan of both Shiller's and Akerlof's. Believe me, however, when I say the blessedly brief Animal Spirits is a thoughtful and well-written look at how economics discarded psychology and lost its way on the trip from Adam Smith, through Keynesianism, to laissez-faire.
The book puts the current crisis in a useful economic context, with consistent and practical selections from behavioral finance illuminating everything along the way. Highly recommended. But, unlike many of the rants against people trying to make an honest profit, this is a measured examination of how the present crisis is explained in economic terms. And so it should be.
George Akerlof is a Nobel prizewinner, Robert Shiller teaches at Yale and is the author of Irrational Exuberance , which should give you an idea of this one's approach. This fascinating work uses economics to explain real-life issues, such as real estate price cycles, to key policy problems, such as the relationship between inflation and employment.
Rather than try to explain away the apparent irrationality in human behaviour, Akerlof and Shiller say we need to try to understand it and shape policies that take it into account. The core message of Animal Spirits is that we should stop trying to cage the spirits and instead admit their central importance.
Specifically, this means that world governments will need to intervene forcefully in the current economic crisis with both fiscal stimulus and direct measures to stimulate lending--to restore some of the confidence that the crash has sapped. They contend that modern economics, even self-described Keynesian economics, has given short shrift to this core behavioral insight. Their best chapter is on the limited capacity of central banks to prevent or cure calamities. The book is an interesting read and would probably be very useful for an undergrad class that needs an introduction to behavioral economics.
The writing is accessible and the topic is more than relevant to our current economic situation. If we think good times are ahead, we act confidently in a way that creates them.
And if we expect a downturn ahead, we act defensively and unwittingly ensure that's what we get. Animal Spirits may well be a GPS system for a changing economic future. Written in an accessible style, the book provides a very useful practical primer for policy-makers, practitioners and academics on many aspects of the current crisis.
The authors also make a compelling theoretical case for macroeconomists taking more account of the role of non-economic motives and irrational responses. They increase our understanding of recent economic events and they show that animal spirits affect how governments should manage the economy.
However, for other readers--whether their perspectives are quantitative or qualitative-- Animal Spirits may fill a troubling gap in existing investigations of the causes of booms and busts. Wilkins, Investment Professional. The questions they pose and the examples they provide should be read by any economist seeking to better understand the differences between what economics predict will occur, and how people actually behave as individuals and within larger groups.
Moran, Perspectives on Politics.
This book helps us to understand as never before how macroeconomics really works. Weeber, Journal of Global Analysis. Animal Spirits is an important—maybe even a decisive—contribution at a difficult juncture in macroeconomic theory.
Solow, Nobel Prize-winning economist. It is a powerful, cogent, and convincing call for a fundamental reevaluation of basic economic principles. It presents a refreshingly new understanding of important economic phenomena that standard economic theory has been unable to explain convincingly. Animal Spirits should help set in motion an intellectual revolution that will change the way we think about economic depressions, unemployment, poverty, financial crises, real estate swings, and much more.
Snower, president of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
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I am not aware of any other book like this one. The range of issues they cover is broad, including the business cycle, inflation and unemployment, the swings in financial markets and real estate, the existence of poverty, and the way monetary policy works.
Chapter 1 the authors discuss confidence, which they say is the most important animal spirit to know about if one wishes to understand the economy. Chapter 3 discusses corruption and bad faith, and how growing awareness of these practices can contribute to a recession, in addition to the direct harm the practices cause themselves. Chapter 4 presents evidence that, in contrast to monetarist theory, many people are at least partially under the money illusion, the tendency for people to ignore the effects of inflation.
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 are falling.
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Chapter 5 is about the importance of stories in determining behaviour. Such as the repeatedly told story that house prices will always rise, which caused many additional people to invest in housing following the dot com bust of Part two[ edit ] Here the authors discuss eight important questions about the economy, which they assert can only be satisfactorily answered by a theory that takes animal spirits into account.
Each question has its own chapter. Chapter 6 is about why recessions happen. The authors assert that the business cycle can be explained by rising confidence in the upswing eventually leading investors to make rash decisions and ultimately encouraging corruption, until eventually panic appears and confidence evaporates, triggering a recession. 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.
Chapter 7 discusses why animal spirits make central banks a necessity, and there is a post script about how they can intervene to help with the current crises. 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. Chapter 9 is about why there is a trade off between unemployment and inflation. The authors show how effects of animal spirits refutes the monetarist theory that there is a natural rate of employment which it is not desirable to exceed.Listed on Bloomberg.
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They should, however, be more prepared to depart from it, especially in times like these--even if that makes behaviour more difficult to describe in elegant equations. And now they are the only things that can save us.
Friedman, New York Review of Books.
In a new preface, they describe why our economic troubles may linger for some time--unless we are prepared to take further, decisive action. Listed on Bloomberg.
Perry, Brookings Institution. Inspection copies are only available to verified university faculty. The connections between their thinking on the limits to conventional economics and the issues thrown up by the breakdown are plain, even if they were unable to make every link explicit.
Rather than try to explain away the apparent irrationality in human behaviour, Akerlof and Shiller say we need to try to understand it and shape policies that take it into account.
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