David Hirshleifer's Book Recommendations
• THE SELFISH GENE AND THE EXTENDED PHENOTYPE by Richard Dawkins
"A delightfully readable but profound explanation of, and contribution to, the theory of evolution by natural selection. Decades after its publication, it remains a classic. Gives an understanding about what humans are and how we came to be."
• IRRATIONAL EXUBERANCE by Robert Shiller
"You may or may not agree with the conclusion that the stock market is overpriced, but this book provides a wonderful presentation of how imperfect rationality can influence securities markets, and what the evidence tells us, by a pioneering researcher in this field."
• THE PLANET OF ADVENTURE SERIES by Jack Vance
"Jack Vance is one of our greatest writers. An alternative is Vance's Alastor series, but even the least of his work is better than most writers ever achieve. In addition to telling great stories, his work stimulates thought about how people behave and how social systems work in different social and technological environments."
• THE ORIGINS OF VIRTUE by Matt Ridley
"Insightful presentation of newer developments in evolutionary theory, and of the evolution of cooperation and morality."
• FINANCIAL MARKETS AND CORPORATE STRATEGY by Mark Grinblatt and Sheridan Titman
"A superb advanced textbook in corporate finance and its relation to asset pricing and to strategy."
• THE WINNER'S CURSE by Richard H. Thaler
"An engaging presentation of anomalies patterns in human economic behavior and markets, including financial markets, by a pioneering researcher. This is a revised collection of short articles."
• HOW WE KNOW WHAT ISN'T SO: THE FALLIBILITY OF HUMAN REASON IN EVERYDAY LIFE by Thomas Gilovich
"Fascinating presentation of research on the systematic errors that people make in reasoning and decision-making."
• THE PASSIONATE STATE OF MIND by Eric Hoffer
"Succinctly expressed insights into the human mind and society."
• THE PRESENTATION OF SELF IN EVERYDAY LIFE by Erving Goffman
"Describes behavior in social interactions, and the strategic issues involved when people learn by watching others and trying to make good impressions."
• ECONOMIC BEHAVIOR IN ADVERSITY by Jack Hirshleifer
"Describes economic approaches to conflict, the origins of property rights, the evolution of cooperation and conflict, biological underpinnings of economics and economic underpinnings of biology. By one of my favorite authors, my dad."
David Hirshleifer is the Ralph W. Kurtz Chair in Finance, as well as a Professor of Finance, at the Ohio State University. For further information on Mr. Hirshleifer, please visit: http://fisher.osu.edu/facultyguide/finance/faculty/hirshleifer/index.html