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Misbehaving : the making of behavioral economics

Author: Richard H Thaler
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Traditional economics assumes rational actors. Early in his research, Thaler realized these Spock-like automatons were nothing like real people. Whether buying a clock radio, selling basketball tickets, or applying for a mortgage, we all succumb to biases and make decisions that deviate from the standards of rationality assumed by economists. In other words, we misbehave. More importantly, our misbehavior has
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard H Thaler
ISBN: 9780393080940 0393080943
OCLC Number: 891611164
Awards: Shortlisted for Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015.
Description: xvi, 415 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: I. Beginnings : 1970-78. Supposedly irrelevant factors ; The endowment effect ; The list ; Value theory ; California dreamin' ; The gauntlet --
II. Mental accounting : 1979-85. Bargains and rip-offs ; Sunk costs ; Buckets and budgets ; At the poker table --
III. Self-Control : 1975-88. Willpower No problem ; The Planner and the doer --
Interlude. Misbehaving in the real world --
IV. Working With Danny : 1984-85. What seems fair? ; Fairness games ; Mugs --
V. Engaging with the economics profession: 1986-94. The debate begins ; Anomalies ; Forming a team ; Narrow framing on the Upper East Side --
VI. Finance : 1983-2003. The beauty contest ; Does the stock market overreact?; The reaction to overreaction ; The price Is not right ; The battle of closed-end funds ; Fruit flies, icebergs, and negative stock prices --
VII. Welcome to Chicago : 1995-present . Law schooling ; The offices ; Football ; Game shows --
VIII. Helping out : 2004-present. Save more tomorrow ; Going public ; Nudging in the U.K. ; Conclusion: What is next?
Responsibility: Richard H. Thaler.
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Shortlisted for the Financial Times & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Get ready to change the way you think about economics.  Read more...

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"A sly and somewhat subversive history of [the economics] profession...engrossing and highly relevant." -- Jonathan A. Knee - The New York Times "Highly enjoyable...dense with fascinating examples... Read more...

 
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Memoir of a pioneer of behavioral economics theory

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  I personally think behavioral economics is extremely important, so I am predisposed to like this book. For the general reader who needs good storytelling to keep them engaged with important ideas, I recommend this book. I listened to the CD-Audio version of this book, which was a bit difficult,...
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