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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 absolutely a must read for anyone who wants to understand more about how different facets of the economy work and are linked together. Steven D. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Grace
Entertaining and insightful read. I teach high school economics and hope to incorporate some of the ideas in the book into my lessonsPublished 10 days ago by Kurt K Berg
5% info, 90% padding. And because I didn't get my pay rise and especially because my girlfriend now says she doesn't love me anymore, not to mention bombs, guns, murder and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by rich1234
This is another book I ordered for my grandson as he had been assigned to read it and give a report for a 10th grade class. He liked the book and said I would enjoy it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Joan Smith
Not exactly scientific, but it draws some interesting parallels and raises some even more interesting questions. 5 stars all day long.Published 18 days ago by Tristan - New York
How you rate this book is probably dependent on who you see as the target audience. FREAKONOMICS makes the study of social sciences interesting, entertaining, and engaging for the... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Graham W. Celino