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Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most influential economist under the age of forty. He is also founder of The Greatest Good, a company that applies Freakonomic principles to philanthropy and business.
Stephen J. Dubner, a former writer and editor at The New York Times Magazine, is the author of Turbulent Souls (Choosing My Religion), Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, and the children's book The Boy with Two Belly Buttons.
I found this book very interesting vacation reading.
This book does not emphasize right or wrong, fact or fiction; it emphasizes what a person can see, learn or understand when you break out of conventional thinking.
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is a great book that provides a very interesting twist on economics.
This book is stupid. It tries to sound smarter than it is. The authors got an idea or two that could be summarised in 3 pages or less but they decided to turn it into a full... Read morePublished 4 days ago by M King
The writers concepts in the earlier parts of the actual book were fresh and stimulating. Then it began to lose its impetus and to be more of the same. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Busy Bee
This was good fun and easy to read. The examples were cool, and it a did a great job of explaining how important self-selecting is.Published 20 days ago by Jessica
Levitt looks at the root statistics of events and just doesn't accept the "common sense" or "conventional wisdom" most believe. Read morePublished 22 days ago by James G. Behrens
An insight of life seen throught the eyes a special economist. A must read for the out of the box thinker.Published 26 days ago by Anthony B. Cordasco
Another great example of how empirical approaches can overcome our natural biases. Our first impressions are often inaccurate and we tend to ask the wrong questions.Published 28 days ago by John Boehle
I learned a lot and admire the authors approach to telling a 'story'. Nothing quite like getting in and getting dirty with the data. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kent Prochazka
This book was assigned to me when I was in school. Therefore I had no choice but to read it. I am an avid reader so I have learned to not judge a book by its cover. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anonymous
I hated Economics in college. Boring! This is an interesting read. The data and the analysis of the data is thought provoking. Enjoyed the perspectives. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Laura Adams