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The reputation of the financial industry could hardly be worse than it is today in the painful aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. New York Times best-selling economist Robert Shiller is no apologist for the sins of finance--he is probably the only person to have predicted both the stock market bubble of 2000 and the real estate bubble that led up to the subprime mortgage meltdown. But in this important and timely book, Shiller argues that, rather than condemning finance, we need to reclaim it for the common good. He makes a powerful case for recognizing that finance, far from being a parasite on society, is one of the most powerful tools we have for solving our common problems and increasing the general well-being. We need more financial innovation--not less--and finance should play a larger role in helping society achieve its goals.

Challenging the public and its leaders to rethink finance and its role in society, Shiller argues that finance should be defined not merely as the manipulation of money or the management of risk but as the stewardship of society's assets. He explains how people in financial careers--from CEO, investment manager, and banker to insurer, lawyer, and regulator--can and do manage, protect, and increase these assets. He describes how finance has historically contributed to the good of society through inventions such as insurance, mortgages, savings accounts, and pensions, and argues that we need to envision new ways to rechannel financial creativity to benefit society as a whole.

Ultimately, Shiller shows how society can once again harness the power of finance for the greater good. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Reading his book is like wandering through an interesting garden. We learn that Israel and Brazil have more lawyers per person than the United States. We are urged to believe that Washington lobbyists ‘are probably more public-spirited than most’ people. We read chapters on the history of business schools and the theory of public goods that do little to advance the main argument. But the best passages in this book make a persuasive case for a fresh view of an industry that is too glibly demonized. The most promising way to promote the good society, Shiller says, is not to restrain finance but to ­release it.”

    New York Times

  • “Ranging widely—from Adam Smith, Karl Marx and Friedrich Nietzsche to Damien Hirst and the latest findings of neuroscience—Mr. Shiller argues convincingly that the good society requires an effective financial sector, and the way to extend the good life to more people is not to shrink the sector nor ‘restrain financial innovation but instead to release it’…Shiller’s sensible message demands urgent attention.”


  • “Shiller…examines the future of finance in this timely new book…Apologist in tone, Shiller pushes for financial innovation and altruism as a means of helping society achieve its goals.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Extensively citing history, philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral science, the book convincingly calls for better fiscal education and claims that greater knowledge will lessen resentment and inequality, improve comprehension, and facilitate ‘the good society.’ An excellent resource for readers interested in understanding and improving financial capitalism.”

    Library Journal

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