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Michael Lewis’ ‘The Undoing Project’ and compliance

Tom Fox | January 4, 2017

Over the holidays The Man From FCPA was a voracious reader. One of the most interesting books read was Michael Lewis’ The Undoing Project, A Friendship that Changed Our Minds. It was the story of two Israeli academicians who authored a series of papers on humans’ decision making process. Lewis, a well-known author of such works as Liar’s Poker and The Big Short, first heard of the two psychologists after publishing his book Moneyball. Indeed, it was another paper in response to Moneyball which directly led to The Undoing Project.

The main thesis for Moneyball was that baseball was inefficient because judgers and raters of baseball talent misjudge that talent due to their mind’s biases. However, this thesis was developed by the two Israeli psychologists, Kahneman and Tversky, almost 30 years ago. They were so well known in the academic community that the one still living, Kahneman, won a Noble Prize in...

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