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Finance and the Good Society by Robert J. Shiller

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Preface

Istarted writing this book initially for my students in the finance class I have been teaching for twenty-five years at Yale University. Many of these young people, I believe, still have not figured out their places in the world and are wondering how their goals and dreams will meet hard reality. In writing this book, I wanted to help them understand the modern system of financial capitalism in which they must live, now and in decades hence, whatever their career choices.

Since 2008 this class has been available online via the videos of all my lectures produced for the public by Open Yale Courses, and a new video version of my lectures is appearing in 2012.1 The needs of my distant students who watch the lectures online from all over ...

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