Sunday, June 13, 2010


Watched this wonderful talk by Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz in You Tube (around an hour).  Joe Stiglitz presents his book "Freefall" (in Feb 2010).  Excerpts from authors@google:
The current global financial crisis carries a made in America label. In this forthright and incisive book, Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz explains how America exported bad economics, bad policies, and bad behavior to the rest of the world, only to cobble together a haphazard and ineffective response when the markets finally seized up.
Drawing on his academic expertise, his years spent shaping policy in the Clinton administration and at the World Bank, and his more recent role as head of a UN Commission charged with reforming the global financial system, Stiglitz then outlines a way forward building on ideas that he has championed his entire career: restoring the balance between markets and government; addressing the inequalities of the global financial system; and demanding more good ideas (and less ideology) from economists.
Freefall is an instant classic, combining an enthralling whodunit account of the current crisis with a bracing discussion of the broader economic issues at stake. Winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize for Economics, Joseph E. Stiglitz is the author of Making Globalization Work, Globalization and Its Discontents, and The Three Trillion Dollar War with Linda Bilmes. He teaches at Columbia University.