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Economyths: How the Science of Complex Systems is Transforming Economic Thought
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Economyths: How the Science of Complex Systems is Transforming Economic Thought [Format Kindle]

David Orrell

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From the inability of wealth to make us happier, to our catastrophic blindness to the credit crunch, "Economyths" reveals ten ways in which economics has failed us all. Forecasters predicted a prosperous year in 2008 for financial markets - in one influential survey the average prediction was for an eleven per cent gain. But by the end of the year, the Standard and Poor's 500 index - a key economic barometer - was down 38 per cent, and major economies were plunging into recession. Even the Queen asked - Why did no one see it coming? An even bigger casualty was the credibility of economics, which for decades has claimed that the economy is a rational, stable, efficient machine, governed by well-understood laws. Mathematician David Orrell traces the history of this idea from its roots in ancient Greece to the financial centres of London and New York, shows how it is mistaken, and proposes new alternatives. "Economyths" explains how the economy is the result of complex and unpredictable processes; how risk models go astray; why the economy is not rational or fair; why no woman (until 2009) had ever won the Nobel Prize for economics; why financial crashes are less Black Swans than part of the landscape; and, finally, how new ideas in mathematics, psychology, and environmentalism are helping to reinvent economics.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1558 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 268 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1848311486
  • Editeur : Icon Books Ltd (6 mai 2010)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B003V8B5YS
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Essential reading 18 octobre 2012
Par GenkiRingo - Publié sur
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When I was an undergraduate studying economics, I was often troubled with the way economic models seemed to rest on dubious assumptions. Nevertheless I understood that the world is complex and it's not always trying to explain everything at all times in one go. I was more troubled with the popular discourse in public policy debates etc, which seems to accept the basic models not as an ad-hoc inperfect attempt to explain the world, but as the reality to which the real world must bend. This book is essential reading for those who want to understand the limits of (neoclassical) economics and where the discipline needs to go.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The Economy is Unfair, Unstable and Unsustainable 21 janvier 2013
Par Leo Cullen - Publié sur
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David Orell has written a gem of a book. He systematically lays bear the myths of mainstream economics in a lucid, accessible and entertaining fashion. Orell shows how orthodox economics is hopelessly mired in a reductionist, atomistic mindset based on defunct 19th century physics. Science has moved on but economics lags more than a century behind. Mainstream economists claim that our present economic system is stable, rational and the most efficient way of allocating resources. Economyths convincingly demonstrates this to be a fiction; the economy is actually unstable, unfair and unsustainable. Insights from complexity theory and other areas of science are applied to show how mainstream economics fails to explain reality - Don't worry, the author uses plain English so no math knowledge is required. Orell draws just as much on findings from fields outside mathematics and science such as psychology, sociology, ecology, feminism (as a red-meat-eating, beer-drinking, football-watching male I was surprised by how enjoyable this chapter was), anthropology and non-orthodox economics to devastating effect, hammering nail after after nail into the coffin of economic pseudoscience. By the end of this book you should be in no doubt that mainstream economics is an intellectually stagnant, morally bankrupt, outmoded ideology whose main use is to excuse rampant greed, environmental degradation and social injustice. This book deserves to be read by a wide audience and should appeal to a broad range of readers as its subject matter concerns everybody on the planet. As Orell says:

"One of the things missing from neoclassical economics - and it's a big one - is the rest of the planet."
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing arguements 12 juin 2013
Par Richard Love - Publié sur
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I have a huge interest in Economics and read loads on the subject. So, I was really excited to find this book which I was hoping would make me question some tenets of the field and deepen my understanding of some key concepts and theories.

What Orrell does instead is have a one-sided arguement with introductory textbook concepts. Essentially, he takes really basic models (ex. supply and demand curve) and argues they're full of holes. It's completely facile and ignores the complexity of the field that is built on these basic models with a great deal of nuance and research into exceptions/variations/etc.

I always think it's healthy to read the "other side" in any debate, so for that reason alone it's worth a look.
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