Of the 20 most costly catastrophes since 1970, more than half have occurred since 2001. Is this an omen of what the 21st century will be? How might we behave in this new, uncertain and more dangerous environment? Will our actions be rational or irrational?
A select group of scholars, innovators, and Nobel Laureates was asked to address challenges to rational decision making both in our day-to-day life and in the face of catastrophic threats such as climate changes, natural disasters, technological hazards, and human malevolence. At the crossroads of decision sciences, behavioral and neuro-economics, psychology, management, insurance, and finance, their contributions aim to introduce readers to the latest thinking and discoveries.
The Irrational Economist challenges the conventional wisdom about how to make the right decisions in the new era we have entered. It reveals a profound revolution in thinking as understood by some of the greatest minds in our day, and underscores the growing role and impact of economists and other social scientists as they guide our most important personal and societal decisions.
Due to the author's superstitions, Chapter 13 has been intentionally omitted from this book.
"In The Irrational Economist some of the world’s foremost economists and decision scientists analyze how we make decisions under pressure--and offer thought-provoking ideas about how to improve the process. The result is important and remarkably timely." (RICHARD M. SMITH, Chairman, Newsweek)
"The future is uncertain and filled with risks. So what do we do about it? Think of this book as a jam session in which the most virtuosic thinkers from economics and a few other social sciences try to answer that essential question. A great performance." (JUSTIN FOX, Editor-at-large, TIME; and author of The Myth of the Rational Market)"Compelling…. This collection is an intriguing look at the limitations of human knowledge regarding its own nature, especially relevant for the current moment of economic turmoil." (Publishers Weekly)