- Transparency: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK (April 1 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141025808
- ISBN-13: 978-0141025803
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: (28 customer reviews)
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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.
The book explores counter-intuitive and unique socio-economic phenomena without any real understanding of economic theory. Highly readable, highly enjoyable.Published 19 days ago by Joe
Fantastic read, very interesting look at things you don't really think about.Published 2 months ago by Kyle LeBlanc
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. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Polly