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The End of Theory: Financial Crises, the Failure of Economics, and the Sweep of Human Interaction

Richard Bookstaber

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Princeton University Press
15 March 2019
Business & Economics; Economic theory & philosophy
An in-depth look at how to account for the human complexities at the heart of today's financial system Our economy may have recovered from the Great Recession-but not our economics. The End of Theory discusses why the human condition and the radical uncertainty of our world renders the standard economic model-and the theory behind it-useless for dealing with financial crises. What model should replace it? None. At least not any version we've been using for the past two hundred years. Richard Bookstaber argues for a new approach called agent-based economics, one that takes as a starting point the fact that we are humans, not the optimizing automatons that standard economics assumes we are. Sweeping aside the historic failure of twentieth-century economics, The End of Theory offers a novel perspective and more realistic framework to help prevent today's financial system from blowing up again.
By:   Richard Bookstaber
Imprint:   Princeton University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691191850
ISBN 10:   0691191859
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   15 March 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Richard Bookstaber has overseen risk management at investment banks Morgan Stanley and Salomon Brothers, as well as major hedge funds such as Moore Capital and Bridgewater. He has held positions at the U.S. Treasury, and is currently at the University of California. He is the author of A Demon of Our Own Design (Wiley).

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