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Freakonomics (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, Stephen J. Dubner (Narrator)

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (Author) (2005)

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Economics is a science with excellent tools for gibing answers but a serious shortage of interesting questions. His particular fig is the ability to ask such questions. When moral posturing is replaced by an honest assessment of the data, the result is often a new surprising insight. Incentive are the cornerstone of modern life. the conventional wisdom is often wrong.Knowing what to measure and how to measure it makes a complicated world much less so. Economic forces change the way a person thinks and behave in a given situation. (Starpower)
  ronpetrich | Mar 19, 2018 |
This book actually piqued my interest in Economics, something that i thought was impossible. ( )
  DelightedLibrarian | Jan 2, 2018 |
I don't know very much about formal economics, but this is a lively read with a number of intriguing correlations aid out before the reader. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 10, 2017 |
Interesting, but mostly as a source of cocktail-party ammo. Some of the anecdotes and comparisons are too cute for their own intellectual sake. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
This was a great book. It really made economics and everyday life come together. It would be cool to have lunch with the authors. ( )
  Jewel.Barnett | Sep 6, 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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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0061234001, Hardcover)

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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