Phising for Phools

Phising for Phools

Akerlof, George A.
Shiller, Robert J.

Editorial Princeton
Fecha de edición septiembre 2015 · Edición nº 1

Idioma inglés

EAN 9780691168319
288 páginas
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Resumen del libro

Ever since Adam Smith, the central teaching of economics has been that free markets provide us with material well-being, as if by an invisible hand. In Phishing for Phools, Nobel Prize-winning economists George Akerlof and Robert Shiller deliver a fundamental challenge to this insight, arguing that markets harm as well as help us. As long as there is profit to be made, sellers will systematically exploit our psychological weaknesses and our ignorance through manipulation and deception. Rather than being essentially benign and always creating the greater good, markets are inherently filled with tricks and traps and will "phish" us as "phools."

Phishing for Phools therefore strikes a radically new direction in economics, based on the intuitive idea that markets both give and take away. Akerlof and Shiller bring this idea to life through dozens of stories that show how phishing affects everyone, in almost every walk of life. We spend our money up to the limit, and then worry about how to pay the next month's bills. The financial system soars, then crashes. We are attracted, more than we know, by advertising. Our political system is distorted by money. We pay too much for gym memberships, cars, houses, and credit cards. Drug companies ingeniously market pharmaceuticals that do us little good, and sometimes are downright dangerous.

Phishing for Phools explores the central role of manipulation and deception in fascinating detail in each of these areas and many more. It thereby explains a paradox: why, at a time when we are better off than ever before in history, all too many of us are leading lives of quiet desperation. At the same time, the book tells stories of individuals who have stood against economic trickery--and how it can be reduced through greater knowledge, reform, and regulation.

Biografía del autor

George A. Akerlof es catedrático en la Universidad de Georgetown y premio Nobel de Economía en 2001 y coautor junto a Robert J. Shiller de Animal Spirits (Gestión 2000; 2009:).

Biografía del autor

Robert J. Shiller (Detroit, 1946) es economista, catedrático de economía en la Universidad Yale y ganador del Premio Nobel de Economía en 2013. Escribe habitualmente en The New York Times y es autor de, entre otros libros, los bestsellers Las finanzas en una sociedad justa (Deusto, 2012), Exuberancia irracional (Deusto, 2015), Animal Spirits (Gestión 2000, 2009) y La economía de la manipulación (Deusto, 2016), los dos últimos junto a George A. Akerlof.

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