First Edition of Advances in Behavioral Finance; Inscribed by Richard Thaler

  • Advances in Behavioral Finance.

Advances in Behavioral Finance.


Item Number: 76891

New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1993.

First edition of this collection of essays on behavioral finance. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by Nobel Prize-winning economist Richard Thaler on the title page, “For John with admiration Richard Thaler.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Contributors include Richard H. Thaler, Robert J. Shiller, Andrei Shleifer, Lawrence H. Summers, Kenneth French and Richard Roll.

Modern financial markets offer the real world's best approximation to the idealized price auction market envisioned in economic theory. Nevertheless, as the increasingly exquisite and detailed financial data demonstrate, financial markets often fail to behave as they should if trading were truly dominated by the fully rational investors that populate financial theories. These markets anomalies have spawned a new approach to finance, one which as editor Richard Thaler puts it, "entertains the possibility that some agents in the economy behave less than fully rationally some of the time." Advances in Behavioral Finance collects together twenty-one recent articles that illustrate the power of this approach. These papers demonstrate how specific departures from fully rational decision making by individual market agents can provide explanations of otherwise puzzling market phenomena.

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