Writing 5.360: book review, economics rules, 10/10

As an established economist, Rodrik gives the best account of the strength and weakness of economics. He argues that a main strength of economics comes from its reliance on math modeling. Indeed, the modeling approach provides a universal language for the profession. Models link assumptions to their implications by logic. The persuasive power of a theory, then, derives not from the status of the authors, but the cogency of its logic. This approach leaves little room for BS to hide.

Much of the critics on economics is due to  the poor understanding of modeling. Economics does not claim universal truth, a unattainable goal in the ever-changing social world. In contrast, economics offer a collection of models that apply to specific situations. As such, the conclusions are not pre-ordained. Rather, they rely on model users’ ability to apply the right tool/model for the question at hand. In other word, it is the wrong application, rather than the model itself, to blame. This is the case for applying black-shoe model indiscriminarily in financial industry, which contributed to the 2008 financial meltdown.

I may be cynical, but part of the reason that other social disciplines hate economics is because they are not mature enough to understand math. If you truly want to know the reach and limitation of economics, this book is for you.

To read:

Credible words, capacities and mechanisms
The Changing Face of Mainstream Economics
Economic Fables, by Ariel Rubinstein

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Writing 5.360: book review, economics rules, 10/10

LEARNING LIST, 2016

DONE LIST:
9.04.2016-11.16.2016. Probability Theory: A Comprehensive Course by Klenke, chapters 1-21 (Brownian Motion);
5.28.2016-9.03.2016. Infinite Dimensional Analysis: A Hitchhiker’s Guide, by Charalambos D. Aliprantis, Kim Border, total 209 hours;
4.08.2016-5.13.2016. An Introduction to the Theory of Mechanism Design, by Tilman Borgers, unfinished, last four chapters;
3.04.2016-4.06.2016. Game Theory: An Introduction, by Steven Tadelis;
11.15.2015-3.03.2016. Optimization by Vector Space Methods, by David G. Luenberger.

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LEARNING LIST, 2016

BOOKS: DONE LIST FOR 2016

1. THE BOOK ON WRITING, PAULA LAROCHQUE, 2016. 9/10.

2. KEY TO GREAT WRITING, STEPHEN WILBERS, 11.15.215-2.13.2016. 9/10.

3. SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HUMAN NATURE, BAUMEISTER, BUSHMAN, 8/10.

4. ACT LIKE A LEADER, THINK LIKE A LEADER, HERMINIA IBARRA, 4.16-4.30, 8/10.

5. MASTERY, ROBERT, GREENE, 3.03-6.04, 9/10.

6. THE CHARISMA MYTH, CABANE, 3.07-3.22, 10/10.

7. THE PRACTICING MIND, STERNER, 1.23, 8/10.

8. HOW TO GET PEOPLE TO DO STUFF, WEINSCHENK, 4.26, 9/10.

9. THE COMPOUND EFFECT, DARREN HARDY, 2.12, 9/10.

10. THE ART OF TAKING ACTION, CREGG KRECH, 1.17-1.18, 6/10.

11. LEADERSHIP BS, JEFFREY PFEFFER, 9.04-9.19, 10/10.

12. THE CULTURE CODE, 7.31, 10/10.

13. FLOW: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF OPTIMAL EXPERIENCE, CSIKSZENTMIHALYI, 7.07-7.12, 10/10.

14. MANAGE YOUR DAY-TO-DAY, 99U, 9/10.

15. ESSENTIALISM, GREG MCKEOWN, 2.12-2.14, 10/10.

16. DEEP WORK, CAL NEWPORT, 2.25-2.27, 10/10.

17. SEDUCTION, ROBERT GREENE, 9/10.

18. LIVING FORWARD, HAYTT, HARKAVY, 10.02, 6/10.

19. POWER, JEFFREY PFEFFER, 9.19-10.04, 10/10.

20. MARK MANSON, THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A FUCK, 12.10-12.27. 7/10.

BOOKS: DONE LIST FOR 2016

So good they can’t ignore you 12/3

Today I have finished reading this book. The gist of it: focusing on what we are good at is more satisfying in the long run than doing what we love. In other words, the author persuades us to love what we do and become the best. I learned a new vocabulary “career capital”, which refers to rare and valuable skills that we can exchange for greater freedom later on. It is presumably the most appealing and useful part of the book.

Career capital can be obtained through only deliberate practice. To achieve deliberate practice, we must have great focus and build up enough momentum to push us forward. We must stretch our capabilities under the guidance of an expert and seek for immediate feedback. Once enough career capital is developed, we would have more control and greater freedom at work. This way, happiness will easily come by (Refer to Kobe as the perfect example here).

Although only the first half of the book is compelling enough, and many of the ideas in the book are kind of common sense, it gives me a clear direction by pointing out advices systematically. Getting better and better at what we do, and become so good they cannot ignore you.

So good they can’t ignore you 12/3