Monday, February 6, 2017

Michael Lewis: The Undoing Project

Lewis, Michael. 2017. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. W.W. Norton.

The title is a pun, the prose is breezy and fun to read, and the subject is behavioral economics or, more accurately, the collaboration between psychologists Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman that played a foundational role in the development of behavioral economics. There are bits about other scholars too, like Richard Thaler, but mostly it is the Amos and Danny show. What more could one want? If you are thinking about reading the book to learn more about the academic work that Kahneman and Tversky undertook, you will be disappointed, at least if you want more than the shallowist of substantive introductions. On the other hand, if you already know the academic work and you would like to learn more about their personal stories, including some really interesting bits about work they did for the Israeli military early in their careers (and early in Israel's career), and about their process of team production, you will find much to enjoy.

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