His father was a Swedish immigrant. Contributions to economics[ edit ] "The Market for Lemons" and asymmetric information[ edit ] Akerlof is perhaps best known for his article, " The Market for Lemons : Quality Uncertainty and the Market Mechanism", published in Quarterly Journal of Economics in , in which he identified certain severe problems that afflict markets characterized by asymmetric information , the paper for which he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize. Identity economics[ edit ] In his latest work, Akerlof and collaborator Rachel Kranton of Duke University introduce social identity into formal economic analysis, creating the field of identity economics. Drawing on social psychology and many fields outside of economics, Akerlof and Kranton argue that individuals do not have preferences only over different goods and services. They also adhere to social norms for how different people should behave. These ideas first appeared in their article " Economics and Identity ", published in Quarterly Journal of Economics in

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Animal Spirits by George Akerlof and Robert Shiller

Print The Essence Economics has long too often been based on models that lack bases for real-world application. It is even sometimes said that its normative claims make it more of a religion than a social science. Why the disconnect? It is in part due to the rigid models used to predict human behavior.


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

Shelves: behavioural-economics , social-theory , economics Part of the reason why I found this book quite so interesting was because Ive read lots of books about behavioural economics over the years, but they are much more interested in psychology than they are in economics. For instance, a book that I am constantly recommending and even buying for people is Predictably Irrational and it proudly refers to itself as being one set in behavioural economics, but really, you sort of have to squint to see the connection to economics most of the time. This is also, effectively, a re-introduction to Keynesian economics, a view of economics that went out of favour with Milton Freedman and Ronald Reagan — the consequences of which we are living with today. The idea that unemployment is working people taking a kind of holiday is equally laughable, even if it does mean that believing such allows right-wing types can feel justified in cutting unemployment benefits from people so as to give them an incentive to find a job. Animal spirits relate to some of the predictably irrational if irrational they really are ways humans set about engaging with the economy. This feeds into one of the other animal spirit ideas — that is, that we need to trust the system, that there will be no corruption undermining the system while we are making investments in that system.

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