The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, and the Radical Remaking of Economics

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Harvard Business Press, 2006 - 527 стор.
Over 6.4 billion people participate in a $36.5 trillion global economy, designed and overseen by no one. How did this marvel of self-organized complexity evolve? How is wealth created within this system? And how can wealth be increased for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society? In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that modern science provides a radical perspective on these age-old questions, with far-reaching implications. According to Beinhocker, wealth creation is the product of a simple but profoundly powerful evolutionary formula: differentiate, select, and amplify. In this view, the economy is a "complex adaptive system" in which physical technologies, social technologies, and business designs continuously interact to create novel products, new ideas, and increasing wealth. Taking readers on an entertaining journey through economic history, from the Stone Age to modern economy, Beinhocker explores how "complexity economics" provides provocative insights on issues ranging from creating adaptive organizations to the evolutionary workings of stock markets to new perspectives on government policies. A landmark book that shatters conventional economic theory, The Origin of Wealth will rewire our thinking about how we came to be here--and where we are going.

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I can’t recall having ever read an author with the clarity of exposition and the depth and breadth of erudition that is demonstrated by Dr. Beinhocker in this book. It is an impressive work. The ... Читати огляд повністю

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While I don't agree with the opening story that someone in NYC earning $30,000 is implicitly better off than someone living in the Amazon on $0, in principle, I agree with the book in total and ... Читати огляд повністю

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Two Traditional Economics
21
THREE A Critique
45
Complexity Economics
74
FIVE Dynamics
99
Six Agents
115
SEVEN Networks
141
NINE Evolution
187
How Evolution Creates Wealth
219
FOURTEEN A New Definition of Wealth
299
What It Means for Business and Society
321
SIXTEEN Organization
349
SEVENTEEN Finance
381
EIGHTEEN Politics and Policy
415
Notes
455
Bibliography
491
Index
509

ELEVEN Physical Technology
241
TWELVE Social Technology
261
THIRTEEN Economic Evolution
279
About the Author
527
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