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Freakonomics [Paperback]

Steven D. Levitt , Stephen J. Dubner
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Aug. 17 2009
In the summer of 2003, The New York Times Magazine sent Stephen J. Dubner, an author and journalist, to write a profile of Steven D. Levitt, a heralded young economist at the University of Chicago. Levitt was not remotely interested in the things that interest most economists. Instead, he studied the riddles of everyday life—from cheating to crime to child-rearing—and his conclusions turned the conventional wisdom on its head.

Levitt and Dubner then collaborated on Freakonomics, a book that gives full play to Levitt’s most compelling ideas. Through forceful storytelling and sharp insight, it reminds us all that economics is, at its root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. Among the questions it answers: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? If drug dealers make so much money, why do they still live with their mothers? What makes a perfect parent? And, of course: What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? (Answer: they both cheat.)

Now this cultural blockbuster comes to trade paperback with exclusive extras— including a new preface, five Freakonomics columns from The New York Times Magazine, an exclusive author Q & A and a sneak preview of Superfreakonomics.

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"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America. . . . Prepare to be dazzled."
?Malcom Gladwell ()

About the Author

Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most influential economist under the age of forty. He is also founder of The Greatest Good, a company that applies Freakonomic principles to philanthropy and business.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A look at things through the eyes of an economist Nov. 23 2010
This book is a general interest book- and it certainly is interesting. The book, for anyone looking for an entertaining read, will like it. In a nutshell, the book takes a look at all sorts of things in society, from crack gangs to parenting, and then attempts to make sense of them by applying econonmic principles. According to the book, economics is really the study of incentives, and so using this kind of angle, the book comes up with answers to why things work the way they do.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting July 11 2012
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Was an interesting read. If you enjoy statistical analysis of stuff, you will enjoy it too. If not, then this book is not for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dinner party conversation-starter March 22 2014
By Polly
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One of my favorite books. I found so many chapters fascinating, and it was my first exposure to economics in a way that I could understand. The chapter on names is particularly interesting (and hilarious!) I can't remember the number of times some of the stories from this book have come up at dinner or cocktail parties - from politics to drug dealers, there is something everyone can relate to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Dec 29 2013
By marc
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Opened my eyes to another world out their, finaces and the simple connections economic has with their your daily life. Amazing book. Worth the read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! June 17 2013
By jasmine
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It's actually pretty easy to read.I had heard a lot about this book and so I was curious. Its interesting the way that he pulls apart data to come to in depth, completely logical conclusions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Feb. 24 2013
By Léa
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Fun, insightful, interesting, captivating.. Freakonomics teaches a lot about economics concepts applied in everyday life in a very simple and bright way.
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Freakonomics was an entertaining read and both steves obviously are great authors in their own right. Every chapter contains interesting insights. The only complaint i have is that the staple chapter on abortion and crime, was found out to be mainly false information. The study Levitt conducted has since been examined and prove that the results were not as obvious as they seem. And levitt has even acknowledged his mistake, so all in all good book but just take that chapter with a grain of salt. If you really want to read more up on the NY city crime drop. Read "Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell.
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By ontu
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fast trade..same authors but it came older publication..the add was 2009 publications of Harper Collins.. but it came as 2005 publications of penguin books.. its cover photo is also different from the add..other than that everything was ok..
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