And how can wealth be increased for the benefit of individuals, businesses, and society? In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that modern science . This year marks the 10th anniversary of Eric Beinhocker’s influential book The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What. In The Origin of Wealth, Eric D. Beinhocker argues that modern science provides a A landmark book that shatters conventional economic theory, The Origin of.

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There’s a problem loading this menu right now. According to Beinhocker, wealth creation is the product of a simple but profoundly powerful evolutionary formula: Social Technologies, on the other hand, are ways for organizing people to do things. The answer is evolution. One of them is this ; Economics activity is firmly rooted in the real, physical world, and thus economics theory cannot escape the laws of thermodynamics.

The Origin of Wealth by Eric D. Beinhocker

The treatment of complex adaptive systems I found to be both fascinating and enlightening, probably more than the economics they were being used to illuminate. Norway’s Prosperity Isn’t Because of Socialism. Beinocker shows how and why it is the case through the models of David Farmer, the physicist, turned into a stock broker and then finance theorist. And figures such as Donald Trump might capitalize on the fact that things are falling apart, but they will be among the last to embrace or even notice scholarly attempts to provide a more solid foundation based on complexity and evolution!

He also explains why the traditional neoclassical theory does not quite work. Apr 01, Jerry Ward rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Other editions – View all The Origin of Wealth: Positive change that otherwise might require decades or might not happen at all can be accomplished in years, but only if we know what to do.


Beinhocker is a master of inductive reasoning, going from the eri reality to abstract patterns. Before reading this book I had almost no idea about economics.

In this view, the economy is a “complex adaptive system” in which physical technologies, social technologies, and business designs continuously interact to create novel products, new ideas, and increasing wealth. The book is a brilliant example of scientific approach to writing, however, it is still accessible for readers outside the economic field.

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Feb 16, Shirley B. The rest of the book is a delight. Go Premium and get the best of Blinkist Upgrade to Premium now and get unlimited access to the Blinkist library.

Dont worry, it is not another attempt to renew Social Darwinism. After all, natural systems and engineered systems with inanimate things could be expected to be rational although uncertain due to stochastics in the environments where they exist. I am surprised it has not been updated and there is nothing more recent on the topic. Yet, in its insistence that complexity is a theory for everything from doing firm strategy to transcending the left-right dichotomy in politicsthe book’s main argument is trivialized and becomes almost ridiculous.

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It is an impressive work. The result is often weath the task is modified to fit the tool. But one of the great benefits of a liberal arts education is I could still continue to take courses in science while I was studying economics.

I am not sure if I agree with all conclusions and recommendations, but the concept of the theory itself seems for me to be very promising.

SFI ebenfalls mit http: Tne from The Origin of Wea Notably the financial crisis shredded whatever credibility neoclassical macro had left and created space for new models and approaches. He illuminated many of the ideas and implications of the economy as a complex system by describing actual computer simulations of various types.


He makes the point that the evolution of our economic system and creation of wealth are analogous processes. There are many schools of thought, but one maintains a position of dominance.

Sad is that it took many decades after first voices against this model had been heard before something started changing. But it very much reads as a defense of a field which, in my view, shouldn’t be a field at all. The book has been wealht before the latest financial crisis. Aug 14, dh Lee rated it really liked it. Moreover, it provided some fascinating insights into organi I went through a ridiculous number of highlighters and tape flags marking this book.

And at the end of the book the economics as a piece of puzzle takes its place in the picture of the whole culture, whole human civilization.

The Origin of Wealth: Evolution, Complexity, And the Radical Remaking of Economics

It was in when the Soviet Before reading this book I had almost no idea about economics. Beinhocker has diligently and cogently brought the arguments of revised thinking required in economics and rightly so.

Jun 04, Edgar rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nov 20, Nico rated it really liked it. One barrier to creating a new foundation for economics is that the integration of complexity theory and evolutionary theory is still a work in progress. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Jul 04, Saku Mantere rated it liked it. Another drawback is that the arguments on culture do not convincingly show the direction of causality and sometimes brush aside a wealth of research in this area.