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SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance (2009)

by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

Series: Freakonomics (2)

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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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The phrase thinking outside the box gets used a lot these days. But these two guys really take this phrase to the extreme. They see things in such a different, fascinating, and often humorous way that it's an absolute pleasure to read their stuff. In fact, the most disappointing thing about this book is thats it's way too short. Only 216 pages. C'mon guys your fans waited years for this follow up, and this is all you could come up with ? ( )
  kevinkevbo | Jul 14, 2023 |
Fascinating, but I prefer the first one. ( )
  sashathewild | Jul 2, 2023 |
I LOVED Freakonomics. As an economics major in college, I found it to be absolutely fascinating reading about behavioral economics. Superfreakonomics is more of the same, but not quite as gripping as the original. It addresses topics ranging from the wages of prostitutes to the difficult task of getting health care workers to wash their hands. The underlying theme of these books is how incentives change behavior . . .and you can kinda extrapolate how there are SO many unintended consequences from rules and regulations instituted by the government. Definitely a fast paced and interesting read, but if you haven't read it, then start with Freakonomics. ( )
  Anita_Pomerantz | Mar 23, 2023 |
Fascinating book, a great listen for a car ride. The section about the environment got a little long winded, but otherwise really interesting! ( )
  MBTC | Jul 9, 2022 |
Enjoyable and quick read. Chapter on prostitution is outstanding and up there with the best stuff you'll read in this area. Tails off a little towards the end with the global warming stuff but brings it back with the epilogue on teaching monkeys to money! ( )
  soylee22 | Jun 21, 2022 |
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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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Penguin Australia

2 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141030704, 1846143039


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