segunda-feira, 29 de junho de 2009

An important book... and author!

"Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets"
Donald Mackenzie

Paperback: 392 pages
Publisher: The MIT Press (30 Sep 2008)
Language English
ISBN-10: 0262633671
ISBN-13: 978-0262633673

"In one lifetime modern finance theory has revolutionized the arts of canny investing. MacKenzie knows this exciting story, and he tells it well." - Paul A. Samuelson, MIT, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (1970)"

Book Description
In "An Engine, Not a Camera", Donald MacKenzie argues that the emergence of modern economic theories of finance affected financial markets in fundamental ways. These new, Nobel Prize-winning theories, based on elegant mathematical models of markets, were not simply external analyses but intrinsic parts of economic processes.Paraphrasing Milton Friedman, MacKenzie says that economic models are an engine of inquiry rather than a camera to reproduce empirical facts. More than that, the emergence of an authoritative theory of financial markets altered those markets fundamentally.MacKenzie examines the role played by finance theory in the two most serious crises to hit the world's financial markets in recent years. He also looks at finance theory that is somewhat beyond the mainstream - chaos theorist Benoit Mandelbrot's model of "wild" randomness. MacKenzie's pioneering work in the social studies of finance will interest anyone who wants to understand how America's financial markets have grown into their current form.

About the Author
Donald MacKenzie is Professor of Sociology (Personal Chair) at the University of Edinburgh. His books include Inventing Accuracy (1990), Knowing Machines (1996), and Mechanizing Proof (2001) all published by the MIT Press.


See also:

(book: "Do Economists Make Markets?: On the Performativity of Economics", ed. by Mackenzie et al., 2008)

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