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Author Shiller, Robert J.
Title Finance and the good society / Robert J. Shiller.
Publisher Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, c2012.
 Book Stacks  HG171 .S52 2012  AVAILABLE
Descript xiii, 288 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 257-272) and index.
Contents Chief executive officers -- Investment managers -- Bankers -- Investment bankers -- Mortgage lenders and securitizers -- Traders and market makers -- Insurers -- Market designers and financial engineers -- Derivatives providers -- Lawyers and financial advisers -- Lobbyists -- Regulators -- Accountants and auditors -- Educators -- Public goods financiers -- Policy makers in charge of stabilizing the economy -- Trustees and nonprofit managers -- Philanthropists -- Finance, mathematics, and beauty -- Categorizing people : financiers versus artists and other idealists -- An impulse for risk taking -- An impulse for conventionality and familiarity -- Debt and leverage -- Some unfortunate incentives to sleaziness inherent in finance -- The significance of financial speculation -- Speculative bubbles and their costs to society -- Inequality and injustice -- Problems with philanthropy -- The dispersal of ownership of capital -- The great illusion : then and now.
Summary 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, and that new ways to rechannel financial creativity to benefit society as a whole are needed.
ISBN 9780691154886 (alk. paper)
Subject Finance -- History.
Capitalism -- History.
Social justice -- History.

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