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by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

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Title:Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
Authors:Steven D. Levitt
Other authors:Stephen J. Dubner
Info:William Morrow Paperbacks (2009), Edition: 1 Original, Paperback, 315 pages
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (Author) (2005)

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Liked the parts about the correlation between legalized abortion and decreased crime rates, baby names and future success, and parenting styles. Kind of disappointed to find out that reading often to your child doesn't necessarily make them smarter, but at least being a house full of books is a good indicator.

Kind of glossed over the rest. Not as much of a riveting read as a lot of friends claimed it to be. Maybe I prefer my pop science more in the fields of psychology than economics-- if this is about economics. I had a co-worker who majored in economics and told him about the book and he said it's not really about economics, exactly. Still, the book offers a few things to think about. Wish it were a little more packed with stats. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
Being an economics major in college, i didn't know what to think before I read it, but I love the novel approach to applying economic theory to other types of problems. ( )
  aliciadana | Jun 16, 2017 |
Interesting connections drawn - a good read. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
My Rating 3.5/5. Goodread doesn't allow half stars. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Freakonomics is not a typical economics book, but then I've not read any typical economics book, I've to take authors' words on that. It asks and answers questions which, most likely, are of no interest to an average person, but the ways they've used for finding answers are very interesting for an average person. Essentially, in summary, the purpose of Freakonomics is to tell the reader that obvious is rarely the answer to any question. If you apply thinking and use data then the answers you'll get might be unexpected and hard to see at first. In fact, any similar book* you'll read will more of less tell you the same, the importance of critical thinking, seek answers beyond the conventional wisdom and stay open to the unexpected conclusions. In that sense, Freakonomics is a good book.

I'd read SuperFreakonomics (Rating 4/5) a while back and I remember it being fun and interesting**. Freakonomics is also supposed to be a fun book and it is in parts. But I found it boring in some places, Levitt and Dubner used excessive data to back up their findings and conclusions, and even then I won't take their conclusions as absolute truth because the questions they addressed in the book are impossible to answer conclusively.

There's a bonus section towards the end of this book which I found to be the best part of the book. It's short, precise and raises questions which are of more relevant to an average reader. And I've added a half point just for the bonus section. I wish if they had included more questions in the book and made chapters shorter by putting less data. They could've added detailed data in appendices instead of putting all in the middle of the chapters.

* I've read Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational and David Mcraney's You are Not so Smart in the past couple of months.
** Our memory is mostly fiction, book You are Not so Smart very confidently claims that. So there's that.

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  nishangu | Apr 16, 2017 |
A very interesting book, though at times it dragged on and on with a point that had already been clearly made.

I definitely look forward to reading the sequel, but I would also love to see a similar book with just one-to-two page highlights on interesting statistics - it would be an excellent companion to this more in-depth look at a handful of ideas.

My favorite section of the book was Perfect Parenting Part 1 (part 2 was a bit long and tedious, if topically interesting). Any parent should read this section, it won't make them any less nervous about making mistakes, but it may help them feel less guilty after they do. ( )
  yrthegood1staken | Feb 28, 2017 |
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Economists can seem a little arrogant at times. They have a set of techniques and habits of thought that they regard as more ''rigorous'' than those of other social scientists. When they are successful -- one thinks of Amartya Sen's important work on the causes of famines, or Gary Becker's theory of marriage and rational behavior -- the result gets called economics. It might appear presumptuous of Steven Levitt to see himself as an all-purpose intellectual detective, fit to take on whatever puzzle of human behavior grabs his fancy. But on the evidence of ''Freakonomics,'' the presumption is earned.
added by Shortride | editThe Economist (pay site) (May 12, 2005)
The book, unfortunately titled Freakonomics, is broken into six chapters, each posing a different social question. Levitt and Dubner answer them using empirical research and statistical analysis. And unlike academics who usually address these matters, they don't clutter the prose with a lot of caveats. They just show you the goods.
added by Shortride | editTime, Amanda Ripley (Apr 24, 2005)
Freakonomics is about unconventional wisdom, using the raw data of economics in imaginative ways to ask clever and diverting questions. Levitt even redefines his definition. If, as he says, economics is essentially about incentives and how people realise them, then economics is a prospecting tool, not a laboratory microscope.

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Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don't need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship. Elsewhere, by analyzing data gathered from inner-city Chicago drug-dealing gangs, Levitt outlines a corporate structure much like McDonald's, where the top bosses make great money while scores of underlings make something below minimum wage. And in a section that may alarm or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that parenting methods don't really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun. These enlightening chapters are separated by effusive passages from Dubner's 2003 profile of Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, which led to the book being written. In a book filled with bold logic, such back-patting veers Freakonomics, however briefly, away from what Levitt actually has to say. Although maybe there's a good economic reason for that too, and we're just not getting it yet. --John Moe

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"Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing--and his conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head... Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives--how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of, well--everything... If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work."--Book jacket, front flap.… (more)

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