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Also by Robert J. Shiller:

Reforming U.S. Financial Markets, January 2011
Hardcover
Animal Spirits, February 2009
Hardcover
The Subprime Solution, September 2008
Hardcover
Irrational Exuberance, May 2006
Trade Size (reprint)
Irrational Exuberance, March 2005
Hardcover
The New Financial Order, July 2004
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Also by George A. Akerlof:

Animal Spirits, February 2009
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Animal Spirits
Robert J. Shiller, George A. Akerlof

How Human Psychology Drives The Economy, And Why It Matters For Global Capitalism

Princeton University Press
February 2009
On Sale: February 18, 2009
264 pages
ISBN: 0691142335
EAN: 9780691142333
Hardcover
$24.95
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The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of nations today. From blind faith in ever-rising housing prices to plummeting confidence in capital markets, "animal spirits" are driving financial events worldwide. In this book, acclaimed economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller challenge the economic wisdom that got us into this mess, and put forward a bold new vision that will transform economics and restore prosperity.

Akerlof and 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.

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