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Everything We’ve Learned About Modern Economic Theory Is Wrong
Summary by: Michael S. Raisinghani, Ph.D.
Disciplines & Topics: Business FundamentalsBusiness Fundamentals | Operations & Supply Chain Management
Created on: 12/12/2020
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Ole Peters asserts that his methods will free economics from thinking in terms of expected values and focus on how an individual makes decisions. He argues that his theory will eliminate inconsistencies between economic models and reality.
Ole Peters' theory has earned plenty of praise from well-respected experts outside of economics, but economists have not quite embraced his point of view. He states that economic models assume something called “ergodicity” in which the average of all possible outcomes of a given situation informs how any one person might experience it. Since that's not often the case, it renders much of the field’s predictions irrelevant in real life.
The key tenet of Peters' proposition is that he can prove that everything that we've learned about modern economic theory is wrong. The solution he proposes involves borrowing math commonly used in thermodynamics to model outcomes using the correct average.
This has important implications for operations and supply chain management theory and practice, as well as other fields impacted by economics.
Key Learning Points
Explain how Peters asserts his methods will free economists from thinking in terms of expected values over nonexistent parallel universes and focus on how people make decisions in this one, thereby eliminating inconsistencies between economic models and reality.
Discuss the key tenet(s) of Peters' proposition.
Peters’ theory has earned plenty of praise from heavyweights outside of economics, but economists haven't quite embraced his point of view. Pair up with a classmate and prepare a brief presentation that outlines the reasons for this disagreement between economists and non-economists and include your perspective on which camp may be right and why.
Team up with a classmate and prepare an executive briefing on the application of Peters' theory in logistics and supply chain management. Include your thoughts on the efficacy and efficiency of an economic model that doesn't assume ergodicity.
Why does Peters believe he can prove that everything that we've learned about modern economic theory is wrong? What are the implications for operations management theory and practice?
If Peters is right, his proposition would upend three centuries of economic thought and reshape our understanding of economics and the fields it impacts — everything from risk management and income inequality to how central banks set interest rates and even the use of behavioral economics to fight Covid-19. Do you agree or disagree? Why? How should the efficacy of Peters' proposition be evaluated?
What does Peters point out as a key issue with most economic models? What solution does he propose?
Expected ________ theory, the bedrock that modern economics is built on, says that when we make decisions, we conduct a cost-benefit analysis and try to choose the option that maximizes our wealth.
Peters' theory eliminates the need for increasingly elaborate “________” economists use to explain away the inconsistencies between their models and reality.
What does Peters say his theory will do to transform economics?
Sample case 2
Corporate America Is Choking on Debt and Imperiling the Recovery
Summary by: Thomas Coe
Disciplines & Topics: Accounting & TaxationAccounting & Taxation | Financial AccountingBusiness FundamentalsBusiness Fundamentals | AccountingBusiness Fundamentals | FinanceBusiness StrategyBusiness Strategy | Industry structureFinanceFinance | Corporate FinanceFinance | InvestmentsFinance | Markets
Created on: 8/22/2020
High debt loads and low earnings typically signal trouble for a company's bond ratings. Leniency now may create future debt problems as well as stall a recovery from the current recession.
Why do transportation firms have the highest level of debt to earnings? What other industries are also performing poorly? Which industries are performing relatively normally?
Banks and bond investors are currently more flexible with their debt-service requirements for companies. Is this a good idea or not? How long can investors afford to look the other way and not create a potentially large debt crisis? Explain.
How is refinancing old debt with new debt at this time a good opportunity for a company? Do you agree with that strategy? Why or why not?
"Junk" bonds get their names because
Yields on investment-grade corporate bonds are now about
What percentage of S&P 500 companies exceeded analysts' earning projections for the second quarter?
The economic sector with the highest debt load relative to earnings is ______________.
Why is EBITDA an important measure for investors?
Why would high debt levels now, even for firms that don't default, signal a slow recovery from the recession?
The interest-coverage ratio for investment-grade corporate debt was ______________ in June 2020.
The Federal Reserve’s current policies toward mitigating the impact of shutdowns meant to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus has involved providing access to liquidity and safety within the corporate bond markets. As a result, many companies are posting high levels of debt but low operating earnings. Combined, that outcome normally concerns bond investors and prompts bond rating firms to downgrade a host of companies from investment grade to junk status. However, due to current circumstances, both groups have become more flexible and are looking toward a return to normalcy in 2021. Yet, despite the confidence currently being displayed by the corporate bond community, there's reason for concern.
For the economy to recover fully from the current recession, existing workers must be brought back and new ones hired. An increase in short- and long-term assets to support the growth in sales is also needed. Because many companies finance asset growth with debt, bankers and bondholders should be reluctant to lend to companies that hold too much debt. Leniency at this stage of the economic recovery doesn’t mean continued leniency in 2021 and beyond. Firms will either need to devote more earnings to service debt or curtail expansion plans, meaning a more sluggish pace to full recovery and lower earnings for stockholders.
Look at the second quarter financial statements for six companies in different industries. In addition to those mentioned in the article, find the debt-EBITDA loads as well as the interest coverages for the six companies and compare them to the first and second quarters of the last five years. Share your results and discuss industry differences with the class.
Compare the debt-EBITDA ratios (or the EBITDA/interest ratios) for various companies for the first and second quarter of 2020 to various times during the 2008 Great Recession. How do they compare? How do they signal a time for economic recovery?
4th B-School Resource Centre student case competition
The first prize went to Chitkara Business School Rajpura (Charvi Datta & Aashna Aggarwal), the second prize to Kristu Jayanti School of Management Bangalore (Angela Jayson, Anisha Iype & Hariharan Shankar) and the third to IES Management College & Research Centre Mumbai (Hitanshi Parekh, Aarohi Agrawal & Shweta Babar).
The 2nd Rhyllis Rae Oedekoven trophy went to the Chitkara team.
We have the pride of congratulating the winners!
The 4th year round of student Instant case competition brought to you under the aegis of Business Resource Centre of Peregrine Global, globally top rated Education Services Company had the theme
"Edu-tech for building cutting edge Business Education”
Sub-Topics for the team entry were:
1. Are the B-school campuses early adapters of Edu-tech ?
2. In Post Pandemic period, will Edu-tech continue to be as impactful?
3. Is the B-schools headed towards blended or flip classrooms?
4. Is MOOC going to be a strong alternative to regular business education?
5. Edu-tech innovation is key to success of a B-school
6. Is Edu-tech part of any cutting edge quality strategy at B-schools?