Books on Behaviour, Irrationality, & Economics

I’m struggling to separate the wheat from the chaff in this list of books. I just know that hidden within some there must be a treasure trove of knowledge. The problem is: in which?

Most of these have a multitude of reviews, but I’ve never put much stock in this; the best reviewed books can often be awful and an undiscovered masterpiece could have a single unfavourable review. I feel the paradox of choice is playing a key role here.



2 responses to “Books on Behaviour, Irrationality, & Economics”

  1. I would recommend that you try

    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions



  2. Dan,

    I didn’t realise that you—an MIT professor—had written Predictably Irrational. A long-term wish of mine has been to study there and I respect the staff enormously. This bodes well as another vote for Predictably Irrational.

    At first I was attracted to the book through the following quote from Daniel Gilbert:

    “Filled with clever experiments, engaging ideas, and delightful anecdotes. Dan Ariely is a wise and amusing guide to the foibles, errors, and bloopers of everyday decision making.”

    I really enjoyed Stumbling on Happiness, finding it to have a great mix of anecdotes and ‘hard’ science. It sounds like this is may be the theme with your book too.