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by Steven D. Levitt

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Title:Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Authors:Steven D. Levitt
Info:William Morrow (2009), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 288 pages
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Another foray into the world of microeconomics - how using statistical analysis and asking the right questions can find sometimes unusual and counter-intuitive solutions to all sorts of issues and problems.

Like the original [b:Freakonomics|1202|Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything|Steven D. Levitt|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1157833345s/1202.jpg|5397], this second book is a good read with some interesting insights, but for me seemed a lighter read. I'm not sure if this was a deliberate decision on the part of the authors or simply because they do less background explanation than in the first book, assuming that has been gotten out of the way, but it does leave the whole feeling a little too anecdotal and throwaway. Reading any non-fiction book (especially a book involving 'science' of any sort) the reader has to accept that the authors have done the hard work to back up their findings, and this is especially true of a social science like economics (which, like sociology, relies on statistics and asking the right questions, so cannot help but be influenced by the attitude of the economist)and in this case it was perhaps the lack of data that left the book lacking some authority.

The case studies were still worthwhile - the fascinating figures that between 1910 and 1920 1 in 50 American women in the twenties worked as prostitutes, because social mores meaning that sex outside wedlock was difficult to get in any other way and this meant that an income at least four times that of working in a shop or factory was very tempting for many, and the chapter on our society's ludicrous acceptance of complex solutions over potential cheap simple fixes - but I would have like to seen more on the theory that we had in the first book; how it is the interrogation of the statistics, the questions that you ask, that get you to the right solutions. ( )
  Pezski | Jun 8, 2017 |
Picks up right where the first left off - documenting real-world instances of unintended consequences. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Some awesome tidbits, but lite in the fanny. ( )
  apomonis | Jun 2, 2016 |
Not as good as the original Freadkonomics ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 26, 2016 |
This was good but not that good (and not nearly as good as the original). I felt like this lacked focus on actual research and had more rank speculation about things that someone might maybe do in the future and how the world might maybe respond to those things.

Non-serious spoiler alert: the answer to the teaser on the front cover is super lame. Why should suicide bombers buy life insurance? The answer is not, as I expected, some interesting and surprising bit of trivia borne out by research that shows that intended suicide bombers die more frequently by other means. Nope, suicide bombers should buy life insurance because then data profilers will be less likely to identify them as potential suicide bombers.

In other news, if you want to get away from somewhere without being noticed, you probably should try walking calmly and blending into a crowd, instead of running for your life. It doesn't take a rocket scientist (or an economist) to tell you that if you don't want to be identified as different from everybody else, try doing the things that everybody else does. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
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Levitt and co-author Stephen Dubner's new book "Super Freakonomics" is a follow-up to their super smash 2005 bestseller, "Freakonomics." Thank goodness they are back -- with wisdom, wit and, most of all, powerful economic insight.
If ever two writers were likely to suffer from "difficult second book" syndrome, it's Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, authors of the smash-hit Freakonomics, which made them the rock stars of the economics world.
The economist and the journalist again attack the concept of the rational man, via studies involving monkeys, banking records, and doctors. Yet there’s an artfulness missing this time around in their circuitous paths toward obvious conclusions like “technology isn’t always better” and “men and women are different.”
The difficulty with the book is that while the focus may be fairly fuzzy to begin with, it gets a lot fuzzier as it goes on. There’s a long passage about how people behave differently when they’re being scrutinised – thus making a nonsense of most behavioural experiments – and an even longer one about global warming.

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Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling to show how people respond to incentives.

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Editions: 0141030704, 1846143039

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