And how can wealth be increased for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society? In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that modern science . This year marks the 10th anniversary of Eric Beinhocker’s influential book The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What. In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that modern science provides a A landmark book that shatters conventional economic theory, The Origin of.
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The Origin of Wealth
The Origin of Wealth: How did this marvel of self-organized complexity evolve? How is wealth created within beinhkcker system? And how can wealth be increased for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society?
Beinhocker argues that modern science provides a Over 6. Beinhocker argues egic modern science provides a radical perspective on these age-old questions, with far-reaching implications. According to Beinhocker, wealth creation is the product of a simple but profoundly powerful evolutionary formula: In this view, the economy is a “complex adaptive system” in which physical technologies, social technologies, and business designs continuously interact to create novel products, new ideas, and increasing wealth.
Taking readers on an entertaining journey through economic history, from the Stone Age to modern economy, Beinhocker explores how “complexity economics” provides provocative insights on issues ranging from creating adaptive organizations to the evolutionary workings of stock markets to new perspectives on government policies.
A landmark book that shatters conventional economic theory, The Origin of Wealth will rewire our thinking about how we came to be here—and where we are going. Hardcover wdalth, pages. Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Origin of Wealthplease sign up.
Lists with This Book. Jan 21, S. When I was studying engineering at University one of the subjects we had to have an overview of was economics. This book, I was pleased to discover, not only explained traditional economic theories in detail but also agreed that there are basic flaws in this traditional macro economic When I was studying origij at University one of the subjects we had to have an overview of was economics.
This book, I was pleased to discover, not only explained traditional economic theories in detail but also agreed that there are basic flaws in this traditional macro economic view. More interestingly, for me anyway, the book discusses much about complex adaptive systems in economics by comparing them to those in biological and social systems.
The treatment of complex adaptive systems I found to be both fascinating and enlightening, probably more than the economics they were being used to illuminate.
The Origin of Wealth by Eric D. Beinhocker
Jan 29, Katia N rated it really liked it. This is entertaining, intellectually stimulating and well researched book about complexity economics. If you are interested in the alternative views on economic theory, you would find beinhockr worth paying attention to. It is written inbut still stands alone as a popular introduction into this field.
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I am surprised it has not been updated and there is nothing more recent on the topic. The book is more than pages, but I never felt bored.
There origni a part where Mr Beinhocker is trying to formul Beinhoocker is entertaining, intellectually stimulating and well researched book about complexity economics. There is a part where Mr Beinhocker is trying to formulate his own theory of economic growth borrowing from the theory of evolution and applying it to the economy. These chapters and his theory, respectively, I found not beinhocke convincing and relatively sketchy.
And he admits himself that he might be wrong in certain conjestures. However, the effort to produce any theory within the complexity framework was worthwhile nevertheless. The rest of the book is a delight. He gathers the relevant knowledge from the scientists working in the complexity field and convincingly beinhovker it.
He also explains why the traditional neoclassical theory does not quite work. Below is what he orifin considering in the book: The system is also dynamic evolving with time. The implications of this are massive of course. He demonstrates it with lots of example and the related models. I will just mention the two of them here, the ones I found quite striking: The model has been developed in by J Epstein and R Axtell. It is a computer simulation of economic interactions between the agents trying to obtain and eat sugar the only resource available which is spread unevenly within limited landscape.
In the simplest model the agents could do only 3 things: So, the one with better vision and slower metabolism would be genetically better off, but the geography where are they would matter as well. For starters, they ran this game with agents. And even at orivin simplest model they found a striking thing: As time passes, however, this distribution has changed dramatically. Beinocker describes the outcomes weallth the assumptions in a very clear and detailed way.
However, even the basic model is very revealing. Any policy-maker eriic be familiar with this if she is wealthh addressing the inequality issues. Stock market According to Beinocker, the stock market is the only place where the economic theories are tested almost in real time and where there is a massive amount of empirical data.
The book has been written before the latest financial crisis. However, when I read this book, I was amazed that all the knowledge describing the inherent instability of the stock market were already there!
It seems, just no-one wanted to open their eyes and look. And i am not even talking about the financial system as whole. Just pure stock market.
The prices follow totally random walk; – the market will reach its equilibrium; – the price reflects the fair value of the company All of it leads to the following conclusions: And it was evident in already that this theory is total rubbish excuse my French! Beinocker shows how and why it is the case through the models of David Farmer, the physicist, turned into a stock broker and then finance theorist.
He argues that no single broker would have sufficient liquid funds easily available. But i think, it was more a self-delusion, than the conclusions from his own research. It is evident now that the share price does not reflect the company value and respectively, the management does not have a direct control over it. These are just two examples how complexity approach and the related modelling is changing the traditional economic paradigm.
In the last part of the book, Beinocker considers possible policy implications of the complexity economics. Specifically thinks about inequality, development and the role of the government in the economy. He hopes that the theory would put an end to the traditional left and right divide on the economic issues. I would like to hope together with him… However, it seems we are moving backwards not forwards in terms of the divergence between the theory and practice… All of this might sound very dry to you, but the book is not dry.
He is fantastic and patient storyteller. He takes time explaining the concepts and models. I have to make a warning though, if you are easily irritated by the management consulting verbiage, you might find bits of this book quite annoying.
But it is not intolerable and not everywhere the majority is focused in Chapter 14 which might be easily skipped. Definitely, complexity economics is the one of the most promising ways of looking at the economy.
Complexity and convergence seem to be the trends developing in the natural sciences for quite sometime. I am glad it is starting to reach the social sciences as well. About 5 years after finishing college, I started to feel that there was a major, wealtj deficiency in my liberal arts education.
As a young, naive, and somewhat annoying undergraduate, I had a deep and mostly indefensible aversion to the idea of taking an economics class. It’s all a bunch of B.
I managed to get by without having to take one. However, as I got to be a little older, I starting to About 5 years after finishing college, I started to feel that there was a major, glaring deficiency in my liberal arts education.
However, as I got to be a little older, I starting to develop a curiosity or at least an insecurity about my cluelessness about markets: How do they work? What holds them together? And, what is it that all these finance people and investment bankers keep rattling on about that mostly goes right through me? Economics was shrouded in a veil of mystery, but I wasn’t sure how to begin to address my lack of understanding. And, so, when I stumbled upon this book, I figured it would be a perfect introduction.
It turned out to be exactly that, and then some. Much to my surprise and delight, it actually affirmed some of the suspicions I formed in my youth about the discipline.
Beinhocker spends the first half of the book raking traditional economic theory through the coals. In their desperation to be taken seriously as “real” scientists, economists of the 19th century began borrowing heavily from emerging theories in physics and applying them to the dynamics of the economy. Not only that, they believed they could explain the entire workings of the economy with equations in the same way that, say, Maxwell did with electromagnetism.
As Beinhocker shows, this was to disastrous effect, forcing these “scientists” to push aside anything that didn’t fit with their equilibrium equations as a black-box, exogenous force. And, as Beinhocker goes on to demonstrate, it is precisely these “exogenous forces” that not only make economics interesting, but also are the very engine of the economy itself.