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Illustrating how a seemingly noneconomic concept is, in fact, at the heart of many fundamental economic concepts, Why Trust Matters looks back in history to develop the idea that trust undergirds most human interactions. Ho has written a timely, interesting, and fun work for specialists and nonspecialists alike. -- Charles J. Wheelan, author of Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science

Benjamin Ho writes about one of the most important and underexplored factors in how well society functions: trust.
Why Trust Matters is clear, engaging, and persuasive: trust me! -- Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are

This blurb is an act of trust between you, the potential buyer, and me, the esteemed writer who risked his literary reputation to endorse this book. I do so with no fear. Mostly because Benjamin Ho has written a great, necessary, fun, hopeful book that makes you rethink the very basics of society and partly because my rep isn’t all that great. -- Joel Stein, author of
In Defense of Elitism: Why I'm Better Than You and You're Better Than Someone Who Didn't Buy This Book

Why Trust Matters validates my long-standing membership in the Ben Ho fan club. His deep knowledge of the historical record, his careful application of economic reasoning, and his charm shine through on every page of this highly readable account of the role of trust in economic and social life. -- Robert H. Frank, author of Under the Influence: Putting Peer Pressure to Work

Trust is critical to civilization and its economy. Benjamin Ho provides a concise, sweeping, accessible, and fascinating summary of the different aspects of trust and their effect on a broad set of social institutions. Whether you are a seasoned economist seeking to broaden your knowledge of the field, a student beginning your journey, or a casual reader looking to deepen your understanding of the world, trust me, you will find this book invaluable. -- Ed Conard, author of
Unintended Consequences: Why Everything You've Been Told About the Economy Is Wrong

Ho steps away from the mathematical formalisms of his subfield and writes lucidly and compellingly about the foundational concept of all social science. ―
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Highly recommended. ―
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About the Author

Benjamin Ho is an associate professor of economics at Vassar College and a faculty affiliate for the Center for Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. He was also lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Columbia University Press (June 29, 2021)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0231189605
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0231189606
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.18 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.02 x 1.18 x 8.86 inches
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Ben Ho is an associate professor of behavioral economics at Vassar College and author of the book Why Trust Matters: An Economist's Guide to the Ties that Bind Us. Ho applies economic tools like game theory and experimental design on topics like apologies, identity, inequality and climate change. Before Vassar, he taught MBA students at Cornell, served as lead energy economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and worked/consulted for Morgan Stanley and several tech startups. Professor Ho also teaches at Columbia University where he is a faculty affiliate for the Center for Global Energy Policy. His work has been featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Ho holds seven degrees from Stanford and MIT in economics, education, political science, math, computer science and electrical engineering.

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