Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next On

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Hubris: Why Economists Failed to Predict the Crisis and How to Avoid the Next On

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Author :   Meghnad Desai
Publisher :   Yale University Press
Published :   03/05/2016
ISBN :   9780300219494
Format :   Paperback
Pages :   xii, 287
Size (mm) :   216x140x23
Weight (g) :   358

A frank assessment of economists' blindness before the financial crash in 2007-2008 and what must be done to avert a sequel
The failure of economists to anticipate the global financial crisis and mitigate the impact of the ensuing recession... Read more

A frank assessment of economists' blindness before the financial crash in 2007-2008 and what must be done to avert a sequel
The failure of economists to anticipate the global financial crisis and mitigate the impact of the ensuing recession has spurred a public outcry. Economists are under fire, but questions concerning exactly how to redeem the discipline remain unanswered. In this provocative book, renowned economist Meghnad Desai investigates the evolution of economics and maps its trajectory against the occurrence of major political events to provide a definitive answer.

Desai underscores the contribution of hubris to economists' calamitous lack of foresight, and he makes a persuasive case for the profession to re-engage with the history of economic thought. He dismisses the notion that one over-arching paradigm can resolve all economic eventualities while urging that an array of already-available theories and approaches be considered anew for the insights they may provide toward preventing future economic catastrophes. With an accessible style and keen common sense, Desai offers a fresh perspective on some of the most important economic issues of our time.