Valuation-Informed Indexing #145 — The Financial Crisis and the Systematic Failure of Academic Economics

I have posted Entry #145 to my weekly Valuation-Informed Indexing column at the Value Walk site. It’s called The Financial Crisis and the Systematic Failure of Academic Economics.

Juicy Excerpt: All stock investors should read an amazing paper produced by the University of Copenhagen Economics Department. It is titled The Financial Crisis and the Systematic Failure of Academic Economics. This is the real story, the news that unfortunately does not often enough end up in the newspaper.

I’ll set forth a few snippets that you can use to determine whether reading the full paper is worth your time:

A Summing-Up: “The economics profession appears to have been unaware of the long build-up to the current worldwide financial crisis and to have significantly underestimated its dimensions once it started to unfold. In our view, this lack of understanding is due to a misallocation of research efforts in economics. We trace the deeper roots of this failure to the profession’s focus on models that, by design, disregard key elements driving outcomes in real-world markets. The economics profession has failed in communicating the limitations, weaknesses, and even dangers of its preferred models to the public. This state of affairs makes clear the need for a major reorientation of focus in the research economists undertake, as well as for the establishment of an ethical code that would ask economists to understand and communicate the limitations and potential misuses of their models.”

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