One of the founders of the classic S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices Indices said it’s about time that economists and policymakers better understand basic human characteristics and traits as they apply to capitalism — such as sleaziness.

He’s not proposing that we try to ban sleaziness within the economy. But we do need to understand it, accept it to a certain degree, and regulate it to a certain degree so it doesn’t get out of hand, he says.

Maybe Shiller can come up with a new S&P Case-Shiller Sleaziness Index? The world could use it. Think about it: Some sort of statistical formula to indicate the probable existence of widespread sleazy behavior at work, and then identifying and solving the problem before it’s too late, such as, oh, when the entire economics establishment missed the existence of the possibly greatest economic orgy of all time, i.e. the pre-2008 housing bubble, and how they should have known about its existence when every other person’s ne’re-do-well brother-in-law was involved.

File under: Nobel Economics Prize Potential

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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