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Finance and the Good Society
Robert J. Shiller
With a new preface by the author

Book Description | Reviews
Introduction [in PDF format]

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface to the Paperback Edition vii
Preface xiii
Introduction: Finance, Stewardship, and Our Goals 1
Part One - Roles and Responsibilities
1. Chief Executive Offi cers 19
2. Investment Managers 27
3. Bankers 37
4. Investment Bankers 45
5. Mortgage Lenders and Securitizers 50
6. Traders and Market Makers 57
7. Insurers 64
8. Market Designers and Financial Engineers 69
9. Derivatives Providers 75
10. Lawyers and Financial Advisers 81
11. Lobbyists 87
12. Regulators 94
13. Accountants and Auditors 100
14. Educators 103
15. Public Goods Financiers 107
16. Policy Makers in Charge of Stabilizing the Economy 111
17. Trustees and Nonprofi t Managers 119
18. Philanthropists 124
Part Two- Finance and Its Discontents
19. Finance, Mathematics, and Beauty 131
20. Categorizing People: Financiers versus Artists and Other Idealists 135
21. An Impulse for Risk Taking 139
22. An Impulse for Conventionality and Familiarity 143
23. Debt and Leverage 151
24. Some Unfortunate Incentives to Sleaziness Inherent in Finance 159
25. The Signifi cance of Financial Speculation 168
26. Speculative Bubbles and Their Costs to Society 178
27. Inequality and Injustice 187
28. Problems with Philanthropy 197
29. The Dispersal of Ownership of Capital 209
30. The Great Illusion, Then and Now 219
Epilogue: Finance, Power, and Human Values 231
Notes 241
References 257
Index 273

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