Can we affect the rise and fall of the economy? This week on Hidden Brain, we talk with Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller about the powerful ways in which stories and psychology shape our economic lives. He argues that narratives affect not just the purchases we make as individuals, but the fate of our entire economic system.
Bloomberg Opinion columnist Barry Ritholtz interviews the Nobel-winning economist Robert J. Shiller, whose latest book, "Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events," came out Oct. 1. Shiller, a professor at Yale University, has written about financial markets, innovation, behavioral economics, macroeconomics and real estate, among other topics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences jointly with Eugene Fama and Lars Peter Hansen in 2013.
Do We Talk Ourselves into Bubbles and Recessions?
An interview with Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Shiller, who is the author of the new book Narrative Economics and the iconic book Irrational Exuberance. Shiller discusses how the stories we tell one another drive the economies of the world – sometimes into bubbles, sometimes into tearing down walls (like the Berlin Wall in 1989), and other times into depressions.
About Robert Shiller
Professor Robert Shiller is one of the leading economists of today. His work on inefficient markets earned him a Nobel Prize in economics in 2013. He is the author of many bestselling books, and is a frequent guest on television and at major economic conferences worldwide. Professor Shiller is the Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University.