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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.
Freakonomics is built around two primary themes. First, asking the right questions is crucial. Ask the right questions and you can be led to surprising insights about the world... Read morePublished 1 day ago by MoseyOn
Fun, yet informative. I really enjoyed and helped me understand the how strongly incentives can influence behavior.Published 4 days ago by claudia j cervantes
I first found out about Freakonomics when I saw a rather eccentric, hotdog-covered book entitled 'Think Like A Freak' coauthored by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner at a local... Read morePublished 8 days ago by miranda
Enlightening read. If you have enjoyed other books in this genre, ie works that smash conventional wisdom , you will probably enjoy this. Read morePublished 11 days ago by E.Dickenson