Imagine that you are at a casino by the roulette table and black comes up for, say, 20 times in a row. Is there a growing probability that the ball will hit red? Or imagine that you have recently been hired for a new job. What should you compare your salary with – the paycheck of your colleagues or the market average? Would the benchmark change after a year? Would you prefer 10,000 rubles today or 11,000 rubles in a week’s time? And what would be your choice if the delay is 4-5 weeks? Answers to these questions make up behavioral economics.
Books about this branch of economics are probably the most fascinating and easy among books on this science. This is probably due to the fact that they are devoted to people themselves, give us a chance to reflect on the nature of our mistakes and laugh at them. “It seems to be a long Jewish tradition to pass on history and wisdom from one generation to another not through lectures and textbooks, but through anecdotes, funny stories and jokes on the topic.” Amos Tversky, one of the fathers of modern behavioral economics, wrote this in a note a few days before his death.
The world is teetering on the brink of a crisis that could turn out to be the most severe economic shock since the Great Depression and could lead to much more significant transformations than those that followed the global financial crisis. We have selected books devoted to crises, mostly taken from the reading lists of representatives of the NES community. These works are about the history of economic shocks, their causes and consequences, about everyone missing the new crisis thinking that "this time is different" but facing the same story over again.