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Praise for the Myth of the Rational Market

Introduction: 2010

Introduction: It had been working so exceptionally well

Early Days

1. Irving Fisher Loses His Briefcase, And Then His Fortune

The first serious try to impose reason and science upon the market comes in the early decades of the twentieth century. It doesn't work out so well.

2. A Random Walk From Fred Macaulay To Holbrook Working

Statistics and mathematics begin to find their way into the economic mainstream in the 1930s, setting the stage jOr big changes to come.

The Rise of the Rational Market

3. Harry Markowitz Brings Statistical Man To The Stock Market

The modern quantitative approach to investing is assembled out of equal parts poker strategy and World War II gunnery experience.

4. A Random Walk From Paul Samuelson To Paul Samuelson

The proposition that stock movements are mostly unpredictable goes from intellectual curiosity to centerpiece of an academic movement.

5. Modigliani And Miller Arrive At A Simplifying Assumption

Finance, the business school version of economics, is transformed from a field of empirical research and rules of thumb to one ruled by theory.

6. Gene Fama Makes The Best Proposition In Economics

At the University of Chicago's Business School in the 1960s, the argument that the market is hard to outsmart grows into a conviction that it is perftct.

The Conquest of Wall Street

7. Jack Bogle Takes On The Performance Cult (And Wins)

The lesson that maybe it's not even worth trying to beat the market makes its circuitous way into the investment business.

8. Fischer Black Chooses to Focus on the Probable

Finance scholars figure out some ways to measure and control risk. More important, they figure out how to get paid for doing so.

9. Michael Jensen Gets Corporations To Obey The Market

The efficient market meets corporate America. Hostile takeovers and lots of talk about shareholder value ensue.

The Challenge

10. Dick Thaler Gives Economic Man a Personality

Human nature begins to find its way back into economics in the 1970s, and economists begin to study how markets sometimes fail.

11. Bob Shiller Points Out The Most Remarkable Error

Some troublemaking young economists demonstrate that convincing evidence for financial market rationality is sadly lacking.

12. Beating The Market With Warren Buffett And Ed Thorp

Just because professional investors as a group can't reliably outperftrm the market doesn't mean that some professional investors can't.

13. Alan Greenspan Stops A Random Plunge Down Wall Street

The crash of 1987 exposes bigflaws in the rational finance view of risk. But a rescue by the Federal Reserve averts a full reexamination.

The Fall

14. Andrei Shleifer Moves Beyond Rabbi Economics

The efJicient market's critics triumph by showing why irrational market forces can sometimes be just as pervasive as the rational ones.

15. Mike Jensen Changes His Mind About The Corporation

The argument that financial markets should always set the priorities-for corporations and for society-loses its most important champion.

16. Gene Fama And Dick Thaler Knock Each Other Out

Where has the debate over market rationality ended up? In something more than a draw and less than a resounding victory.

Epilogue: The Anatomy of a Financial Crisis

Cast of Characters


A Note on Sources