Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?
What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
How much do parents really matter?
These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.
Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more.
Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they 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.
About the Authors
Steven D. Levitt teaches economics at the University of Chicago and is editor of the Journal of Political Economy. His idiosyncratic economic research into areas as varied as guns and game shows has made headlines and triggered debate in the media and academic circles. He recently received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Medal, which is awarded every two years to the best American economist under forty.
Stephen J. Dubner lives in New York City. He writes for the New York Times and the New Yorker, and is the bestselling author of Turbulent Souls and Confessions of a Hero-Worshipper.
In August 2003 Dubner wrote a profile in New York Times magazine. The extraordinary response that article received - from readers, the rest of the media and organizations including even the CIA and the Pentagon - led to a remarkable collaboration between journalist and rogue economist. Freakonomics is the eagerly anticipated result.
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Get an idea of how much the average drug dealer makes, and why your real estate agent is lazy. Meh. Mildly amusing and kinda interesting.
Series: P.S. (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 315
Published: September 2009
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.5 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.27