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Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - Steven D. Levitt

Freakonomics

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Paperback Published: September 2009
ISBN: 9780060731335
Number Of Pages: 315

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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.

Industry Reviews

"Provocative. eye-popping." -- New York Times Book Review: Inside the List "The trivia alone is worth the cover price." -- New York Times Book Review "The guy is interesting!" -- Washington Post Book World "Freakonomics was the 'It' book of 2005." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire." -- Philadelphia Daily News "Hard to resist." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire."--Philadelphia Daily News "Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist's laser."--San Diego Union-Tribune "An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world."--Kirkus Reviews "The trivia alone is worth the cover price."--New York Times Book Review "A showcase for Levitt's intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics.... There's plenty of fun to be had."--Salon.com "Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading."--Book Sense Picks and Notables "Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds."--Amazon.com "One of the decade's most intelligent and provocative books."--The Daily Standard "An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom."--Associated Press "Hard to resist."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point "The funkiest study of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist... Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping"--Entertainment Weekly "The guy is interesting!"--Washington Post Book World "Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age."--Financial Times "Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order."--Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century "Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read."--People: Great Reads "Provocative... eye-popping."--New York Times Book Review: Inside the List "Freakonomics was the 'It' book of 2005."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram "If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt... Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae."--Wall Street Journal "An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means."--Business World If Indiana Jones were an economist, he d be Steven Levitt Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae. --Wall Street Journal" Provocative eye-popping. --New York Times Book Review: Inside the List" The guy is interesting! --Washington Post Book World" The funkiest study of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist... Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping --Entertainment Weekly" Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled. --Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point" Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read. --People: Great Reads" Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist s laser. --San Diego Union-Tribune" Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire. --Philadelphia Daily News" Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age. --Financial Times" Hard to resist. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)" Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order. --Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century" Freakonomics was the It book of 2005. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram" An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world. --Kirkus Reviews" An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom. --Associated Press" A showcase for Levitt s intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics . There s plenty of fun to be had. --Salon.com" One of the decade s most intelligent and provocative books. --The Daily Standard" Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading. --Book Sense Picks and Notables" The trivia alone is worth the cover price. --New York Times Book Review" An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means. --Business World" Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. --Amazon.com"

Trivia in detail

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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.

Sunshine coast

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Freakonomics

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ISBN: 9780060731335
ISBN-10: 0060731338
Series: P.S. (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 315
Published: September 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 13.34  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.27

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