Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Hardcover)

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    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of v...

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    Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?

    These may not sound like typical questions for an econo-mist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head.

    Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.

    Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner 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. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of . . . well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan.

    What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking.

    Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.

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    Dimensions 9.3x6.7x1.1
    ISBN 9780061234002
    Genre BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Econometrics
    Format Hardcover
    Pages 320
    Publisher Date 2006-10-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher William Morrow & Co
    Copyright Year 2006
    Thickness 1.25 in
    Unit weight 1.15 lb
    Height 9.5 in
    Wdth 6.75 in
    Language English
    Subtitle A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    Edition Detail Revised, Expanded
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Levitt, Steven D.

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    • it was a book in good condition

      it was a book that arrived promptly - in ggod condition

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    • Must read

      Love this book. Wonderful choice for a book club since it makes for interesting discussion.

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    • Freakonomics

      Freakonomics is a thought provoking book that causes you to look at the world from a different point of view. It is not the typical economics book1 The author poses a question and then proceeds to answer it. The questions, however, are not everyday economics questions but rather questions such as "What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common" or "Where have all the criminals gone". Fascinating stuff to say the least!

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    • freakonomics

      good price...very good book for thinking like an economist

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    • an OKAY book

      NY Times Bestseller List? I'm sorry, but I just don't see its appeal. Aside from a few good points made with TOO MANY words -- over explaining the authors' theories, if you will -- I found this book rather boring. It was unnecessarily repetitive in some parts and seemed to jump from one topic to another with little or no transition. Like I said, they raise some good points, and readers will likely agree, as I do, that some of them make a lot of sense. For example, a real estate agent will steer you away from holding out for more money when selling your home. This is because the extra amount (which puts thousands more in your pocket) only puts a few hundred more in his. Showing how these numbers work can be very interesting; but I only needed a page or two to "get it." On the plus side, punctuation and sentence structure was very good -- better than some books I have read lately!

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