Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Paperback – Aug 17 2009
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"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America. . . . Prepare to be dazzled." -- Malcom Gladwell -- Review
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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.See all Product Description
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A book that's hard to put down, I'm sure many readers will enjoy it. Also recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator for a more simplistic explanation of what motivates people and gives them incentives to do what they do.
Much of the research is presented informally (this is a popular-level book, after all) which makes Freakonomics very easy to read. Given my vast inexperience in the field of economics, this is a welcome style; as I complain about popular-level physics books, however, I imagine Freakonomics suffers at the hands of graduate students across the social sciences for playing to such a wide audience. Speaking of wide audiences, I also found that nearly all the material in Freakonomics was covered by their early podcast episodes, which again are quite popular.
Overall, I give Freakonomics four stars. It's a good read for its particular examples, but anyone with even a basic versing in statistics will find many of the behind-the-scenes explanations (correlation != causation, who knew?) unsurprising.
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I bought if for my dad, who is an avid reader. Not sure what he will think of this one. But I have heard lots of buzz about the book.Published 6 days ago by Dawn
Ordered this book on the recommendation of many of my colleagues and wasn't disappointed at all. If you are looking to read a book that gives you a different perspective on things... Read morePublished 1 month ago by G Briske
mind-blowing and insightful! Captured my attention right away.Published 7 months ago by Vicky Szymanski