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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.
I love the author's insight on what goes on "behind the scenes" in our every day lives.Published 2 days ago by Cindi Cereceres
Really boring book. I skipped around a lot because I was bored. The parenting section is interesting, but I don't think it's true just because statistic show that they are. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amanda
Interesting approach on explaining economics today. For those interested in this subject, I think you will find this book useful and entertaining as well!Published 9 days ago by Mrs. B.K.
Freakonomics is so interesting because the author informs and also entertains. Unlike most economists he doesn't use fancy terminology. Read morePublished 12 days ago by MSStudent
The economist Steven Levitt and the writer Stephen Dubner do a great job writing this book. I was engaged and interested the entire read. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ben
After reading Freakonomics I have to say this is probably the worst book I’ve ever read. Levitt and Dubner confuse me a lot because they jumped around with so many different facts... Read morePublished 20 days ago by conner davenport
I think that the writing style was very conversational and easy to understand as along as you paid attention and didn’t drift off. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Amelia Rockhold
Have you ever thought about what schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? The authors of Freakonomics analyze a random assortment of topics like this one. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Lorrrie