In his best-selling Irrational Exuberance, Robert Shiller cautioned that society’s obsession with the stock market was fueling the volatility that has since made a roller coaster of the financial system. Less noted was Shiller’s admonition that our infatuation with the stock market distracts us from more durable economic prospects. These lie in the hidden potential of real assets, such as income from our livelihoods and homes. But these ”ordinary riches,” so fundamental to our well-being, are increasingly exposed to the pervasive risks of a rapidly changing global economy. This compelling and important new book presents a fresh vision for hedging risk and securing our economic future.
Shiller describes six fundamental ideas for using modern information technology and advanced financial theory to temper basic risks that have been ignored by risk management institutions — risks to the value of our jobs and our homes, to the vitality of our communities, and to the very stability of national economies. Informed by a comprehensive risk information database, this new financial order would include global markets for trading risks and exploiting myriad new financial opportunities, from inequality insurance to intergenerational social security. Just as developments in insuring risks to life, health, and catastrophe have given us a quality of life unimaginable a century ago, so Shiller’s plan for securing crucial assets promises to substantially enrich our condition.
Once again providing an enormous service, Shiller gives us a powerful means to convert our ordinary riches into a level of economic security, equity, and growth never before seen. And once again, what Robert Shiller says should be read and heeded by anyone with a stake in the economy.
Awards and Recognition
- Robert J. Shiller, Co-Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics
- Co-Winner of the 2005 Kulp-Wright Book Award, American Risk and Insurance Association, Inc.
- Winner of the 2003 Business Book Award, Financial Times Germany/getAbstract
- Winner of the 2004 Wilmott Book Of The Year Award for General Finance
- Honorable Mention for the 2003 Award for Best Professional/Scholarly Book in Economics, Association of American Publishers