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How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities
by John Cassidy
published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
© 2009 by John Cassidy


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From Publishers Weekly
Market disasters -- and the cycle of delusions responsible -- receive lively, engaging analysis by Cassidy (Dot.con), a journalist at the New Yorker. The author focuses primarily on the rise and fall of free market ideology and the mostly unrealistic ideal of a self-correcting marketplace. An excellent comprehensive history of the economic thought that led to this kind of utopian economics provides a refresher course in Adam Smith, Friedrich August von Hayek, Kenneth Arrow and Hyman Minsky. Both a narrative and a call to arms, the book provides an intellectual and historical context for the string of denial and bad decisions that led to the disastrous illusion of harmony, the lure of real estate and the Great Crunch of 2008. Using psychology and behavioral economics, Cassidy presents an excellent argument that the market is not in fact self-correcting, and that only a return to reality-based economics -- and a reform-minded move to shove Wall Street in that direction -- can pull us out of the mess in which we've found ourselves.

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