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(and why they work so well)
Are free market economies really based on fleecing the consumer? Is the U.S. economy truly just a giant free-for-all that encourages duplicity in our everyday transactions? Is everyone from corporate CEOs to your local car salesman really looking to make a buck at your expense?
In Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories Don't,
economist and bestselling author John R. Lott, Jr., answers these and other common economic questions, bravely confronting the profound distrust of the market that the bestselling book Freakonomics has helped to popularize. Using clear and hard-hitting examples, Lott shows how free markets liberate the best, most creative, and most generous aspects of our society--while efforts to constrain economic liberty, no matter
how well-intentioned, invariably lead to increased poverty and injustice. Extending
its rigorous economic analysis even further to our political and criminal justice
systems, Freedomnomics reveals:
● How the free market creates incentives for people to behave honestly
● How political campaign restrictions keep incumbents in power
● Why legalized abortion leads to family breakdown, which creates more crime
● Why affirmative action in police departments leads to higher crime rates
● How women's suffrage led to a massive increase in the size of government
· Why women become more conservative when they get married and more
liberal when they get divorced
● How secret ballots reduce voter participation
● Why state-owned companies and government agencies are much more likely to engage in unfair predation than are private firms
● Why the controversial assertions made in the trendy book Freakonomics are almost entirely wrong
Entertaining, persuasive, and based on dozens of economic studies spanning decades, Freedomnomics not only shows how free markets really work--but proves that, when it comes to promoting prosperity and economic justice, nothing works better.
I found the book to be very accessible and well written.
John R. Lott takes on the very popular book "Freakonomics" and shows how some of the points made by its authors are wrong and even incoherent.
Why an intelligent man would follow this path lead me to think that maybe he does not believe in his own work.
I'm a latecomer to this controversy. Looking at some of the previous posts, I should say that I do think that Levitt was essentially non-ideological while Lott did have a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by John Wilhelmsen
Very good, book has changed my thinking on a few issues. Lott provided statistical information counter to my belief. Excellent read very eye-opening.Published 4 months ago by charliez
Freedomnomics, which is written on a level easily understood by a general audience, dispels many of the commonly held economic fallacies so often perpetrated by our information... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephen D. Wilson
I came to this book because I liked Freakonomics. Levitt/Dubner made some fascinating claims in there - some that I bought, others I didn't - and I was looking forward to a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Evan Howell
I am a libertarian and agree with most of the general principles of this book. But I am giving it one star, this is the exact sort of book that is not going to convince anyone... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Agisthos
Great book. It really does a good job of analizing and loking at factors that Freakonomics overlooks. Its a great book that every should read.Published 17 months ago by David Kirkland
The facts are all here. Government regulation rarely helps consumers. John Lott explains why this is true in an easy-to-understand manner.Published 18 months ago by 1gewehr
doesnt take much effort to make a monkey outa freakonomics but this goes far beyond
I mean just dotn let government deficit spend or print money and end money to... Read more
In general, this book explains how seemingly irrational market behaviors are actually necessary!
Freedomnomics uses a great tactic to study free market economics: it... Read more