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Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden… (original 2005; edition 2006)

by Steven D. Levitt (Author)

Series: Freakonomics (1)

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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? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask--but Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing--and his conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. The authors 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 this book, they set out to explore the hidden side of everything. If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work.--From publisher description.… (more)
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (2005)

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    SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt (conceptDawg)
    conceptDawg: Similar content, same authors. If you liked one you'll like the other.
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    The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car by Tim Harford (waitingtoderail)
    waitingtoderail: A much better book than Freakonomics, as wide-ranging but not as scattershot.
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    wendelin39: awesome.. economics psych and even some puzzles revealing something about your brain in one
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    Think Like a Freak by Steven D. Levitt (Percevan)
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    Anonymous user: Freakonomics for football fans
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    Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won by Tobias J. Moskowitz (browner56)
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A great, fun romp through economics and social science. It is very accessible, but includes notes of you want to go deeper. It's a very quick read, and honestly perfect for a plane ride or other trip.

It's very akin in tone and style to their podcast, which is also very enjoyable.

If you're looking for hard data, this isn't it, but if you're looking for some fun thought and insight about things that may have crossed your mind here and there, it's worth picking up. ( )
  theothergarypowell | May 20, 2021 |
interesting material..... not really a book... just this guys ideas and theories on why things are the way they are.... not really much of a deep read, more like a series of articles mushed together in a book... ( )
1 vote sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
Interesting but dry as hell.

These guys are very smart and they need to make sure you know it. ( )
  boxofgeese | Feb 23, 2021 |
I had heard a lot about this, but I wasn't really wowed. Levitt and Dubner's "book without a unifying theme" feels really disjointed, and the inclusion of the selected Freakonomics New York Times columns at the back of the book only highlights this. That said, there is some interesting stuff going on here -- I've had a growing fascination with the economics of the drug trade, and the chapter on that here is very interesting. Reasonably good light reading, but don't expect to have your mind blown. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Super interesting and really kind of refreshing.
In the past few years I have looked at a lot of studies that have been controversial. When I discovered how they were set up, who they collected the data from and how they drew conclusions I was shocked at how poorly these studies were done. They were correlative at best (and that is a stretch when you look at how they got the data) and nothing about them could be considered causative.

It made me wish these guys just sat around and refuted all the crazy stuff people deliver to us in their nice, agenda filled packages. Even if you don't morally agree with some of the conclusions the facts showed (and I didn't) it is still nice to have the actual facts without a political agenda. ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
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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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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? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask--but Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing--and his conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. The authors 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 this book, they set out to explore the hidden side of everything. If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work.--From publisher description.

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