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The Exchange

The Wisdom of Finance: Using the Humanities to Understand Economics


Economist and Harvard professor Mihir Desai uses philosophy, film, literature, and history to analyze finance as an institution built on morality and humanity. His book , The Wisdom of Finance, explores how the financial industry can be understood through culture, and how deeply finance impacts our personal lives. 

This show originally aired on July 25, 2017. 


  • Mihir Desai - Economist and professor  at Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he teaches finance, tax law, and entrepreneurship. 

Take this quiz designed by Mihir Desai  for the PBS NewsHour:  Can You Find the Artists Among These Entrepreneurs and Bankers?


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