Books > Gift Ideas > Business & Investing

Price: $15.99 ($27.95)

(as of 2012-10-06 20:56:20 PST)

You save $11.96 (43%)

Usually ships in 24 hours

Business & Investing

Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (83 votes)

Released: 2012-06-07

Buying Choices

64 new from $4.99
35 used from $3.06
1 collectible from $15.00

(as of 2012-10-06 20:56:20 PST)

Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong by Edward Conard


In the aftermath of the Financial Crisis, many com­monly held beliefs have emerged to explain its cause. Conventional wisdom blames Wall Street and the mortgage industry for using low down pay­ments, teaser rates, and other predatory tactics to seduce unsuspecting home owners into assuming mortgages they couldn’t afford. It blames average Americans for borrowing recklessly and spend­ing too much. And it blames the tax policies and deregulatory environment of the Reagan and Bush administrations for encouraging reckless risk taking by wealthy individuals and financial institutions. But according to Unintended Consequences, the conventional wisdom masks the real causes of our economic disruption and puts us at risk of facing a slew of unintended—and potentially dangerous—consequences. This book addresses many essential but overlooked questions, such as: 
  • If the United States had become a nation of reckless consumers rather than investors, why did productivity soar in the years leading up to the meltdown?
  • If predatory bankers took advantage of home owners, why did down payments decline, thereby shifting risk from home owners to lenders?
  • If the risks were easy to spot, why did top politi­cal and financial advisers encourage lenders to make unsound investments?
  • If new regulations encourage banks to hold enough capital to fund withdrawals and not just loan losses, how will the economy underwrite the risks necessary to reach full employment?
In an attempt to set the record straight and fill the void left by other analysts, Conard presents a fas­cinating and contrarian case for how the economy really works, what went wrong over the past decade, and what steps we can take to start growing again.

To read an excerpt from Unintended Consequences, please visit
For up-to-date information on everything related to Unintended Consequences, visit
Check All OffersAdd to Wish ListCustomer ReviewsTrade-In List

Book Details

Author: Edward ConardPublisher: Portfolio Hardcove..Binding: HardcoverLanguage: EnglishPages: 320

Similar Books

Paying the Price: Ending the Great Recession and Beginning a New American Century
Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations: Aligning Culture and Strategy (Jossey-Bass Business & ..
A Capitalism for the People: Recapturing the Lost Genius of American Prosperity
How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
The Price of Inequality: How Today's Divided Society Endangers Our Future


Become a fan of Your #1 Source for Kindle eBooks from the Amazon Kindle Store! on Facebook for the inside scoop on latest and most exclusive books.