Michael D. Goldberg is the Todd H. Crockett Professor of Economics at the University of New Hampshire and a senior research associate at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). He has written extensively in the fields of International Finance and Macroeconomics and his columns on asset price fluctuations and policy reform have been published by leading newspapers in more than 50 countries. His bestselling books, Imperfect Knowledge Economics: Exchange Rates and Risk (Princeton University Press, 2007) and Beyond Mechanical Markets: Asset Price Swings, Risk, and the Role of the State (Princeton University Press, 2011) both co-authored with Roman Frydman, propose a new approach to macroeconomic modeling that recognizes that rational individuals’ decision making and the social context within which they must act change in ways that are, in part, open. Beyond Mechanical Markets was a finalist for the 2011 TIAA-CREF Paul A. Samuelson Award. The book was also one of the Financial Times non-fiction favorites of 2011, commended by its chief economics commentator, Martin Wolf, and James Pressley of Bloomberg News selected it as a top business book of 2011. Both Imperfect Knowledge Economics and Beyond Mechanical Markets are translated into multiple foreign languages.
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Many people regard the recent financial crisis as a painful addition to an already massive body of evidence that demonstrates the inadequacy of today’s economic models of “rational” markets.
Eugene Fama, one of the founders of the so-called “Efficient Markets Hypothesis” (EMH), articulated early on the basic narrative that underpins it: “competition… among the many [rational] intelligent participants [would result in an] efficient market at any point in time [in which] the actual price of a security will be a good estimate of its intrinsic value” (Fama, 1965, p. 56).