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A Crisis of Beliefs

Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility
Narrated by: Trevor Thompson
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins

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How investor expectations move markets and the economy  

The collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 caught markets and regulators by surprise. Although the government rushed to rescue other financial institutions from a similar fate after Lehman, it could not prevent the deepest recession in postwar history. A Crisis of Beliefs makes us rethink the financial crisis and the nature of economic risk. In this authoritative and comprehensive book, two of today's most insightful economists reveal how our beliefs shape financial markets, lead to expansions of credit and leverage, and expose the economy to major risks.  

Nicola Gennaioli and Andrei Shleifer carefully walk listeners through the unraveling of Lehman Brothers and the ensuing meltdown of the US financial system, and then present new evidence to illustrate the destabilizing role played by the beliefs of home buyers, investors, and regulators. Using the latest research in psychology and behavioral economics, they present a new theory of belief formation that explains why the financial crisis came as such a shock to so many people - and how financial and economic instability persist.

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  • 2019-08-27

Reading equations really?

Well reasoned ideas but punctuated with reading of formulas which totally sends the listener off track. Perhaps someone could write a brief explanation of the equations without using standard notation.

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  • 2020-01-23

Is this physics book?

WAY too many equations to even follow what he is saying, not talking about comprehending them.
Not fit for an audible format, aside from the highly numerical language, that takes too many equations to say too little. Have one good idea, that permeates the whole book.
PS: Half of the Chapter 3 contains half an hour equation/formula which he reads without any punctuation marks, as if it was a half an hour long sentence.