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Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism [Hardcover]

George A. Akerlof , Robert J. Shiller
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1

Part One: Animal Spirits
Chapter One: Confidence and Its Multipliers 11
Chapter Two: Fairness 19
Chapter Three: Corruption and Bad Faith 26
Chapter Four: Money Illusion 41
Chapter Five: Stories 51

Part Two: Eight Questions and Their Answers
Chapter Six: Why Do Economies Fall into Depression? 59
Chapter Seven: Why Do Central Bankers Have Power over the Economy (Insofar as They Do)? 74
Postscript to Chapter Seven: The Current Financial Crisis: What Is to Be Done? 86
Chapter Eight: Why Are There People Who Cannot Find a Job? 97
Chapter Nine: Why Is There a Trade-off between Inflation and Unemployment in the Long Run? 107
Chapter Ten: Why Is Saving for the Future So Arbitrary? 116
Chapter Eleven: Why Are Financial Prices and Corporate Investments So Volatile? 131
Chapter Twelve: Why Do Real Estate Markets Go through Cycles? 149
Chapter Thirteen: Why Is There Special Poverty among Minorities? 157
Chapter Fourteen: Conclusion 167

Notes 177
References 199
Index 219

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