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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, the first-time collaboration between young economist Steven D. Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Dubner, has become an economic phenomenon in itself, shooting up to the top of our bestseller lists on publication and hovering nearby for much of the rest of 2005. The long-term economic study we'd like to see Levitt and Dubner undertake next is of the effect of their clear-eyed and charmingly contrarian book on the number of young men and women choosing to major in economics. We predict a statistically significant rise.


Levitt and Dubner have put together a list for us of the 10 Books to Read About Economics, many of which are as imaginative as they are in using the tools of economics to answer surprising everyday questions. They write, "Here is our list 10 books that concern, sometimes loosely, the field of economics. It is a list that is by no means encyclopedic or authoritative or even representative. But each of the books are well worth reading."



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Choice and Consequence by Thomas C. Schelling

Choice and Consequence: From one of the most creative economists in history, a hugely readable and vastly educational look at how economic thinking can be applied to any aspect of life.



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Burglars on the Job by Richard T. Wright and Scott Decker

Burglars On The Job: Streetlife and Residential Break-ins: Case studies by a pair of criminologists who prove that everyone, even petty criminals, responds to incentives in a manner that is rational, predictable, and often fascinating.



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The Economics of Life by Gary and Guity Becker

The Economics of Life: From Baseball to Affirmative Action to Immigration, How Real-World Issues Affect Our Everyday Life: Gary Becker helped revolutionize modern economics by turning its tools on previously neglected subjects like the family and race. He also made it safe for like-minded economists to follow in his footsteps. (Also, for the more academically minded, see Becker's The Economic Approach to Human Behavior.)



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Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America: A strident but hugely informative and sometimes chilling look at how economic pressures play out among the working poor. The description of different sorts of toilet grime are, unfortunately, highly memorable.



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The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith

The Wealth of Nations (Modern Library Classics): This is where it all started--economics, that is. Smith's ideas are so powerful and shrewd that it hardly matters that the writing is so terribly wooden. It's always instructive to be reminded that classical economics was founded by a man who was, first and foremost, a philosopher.



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When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein

When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management: The amazing true story of how some of the smartest people around (including a pair of Nobel-winning economists) made--and then lost--more money than you might think possible.



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The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod

The Evolution of Cooperation: A fascinating book that shows how game theory really works, with an extremely surprising insight into which simple strategy is most successful.



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The Armchair Economist by Steven E. Landsburg

Armchair Economist: Economics & Everyday Life: Landsburg is a gleeful and aggressive contrarian who is especially good at showing how smart people make dumb mistakes when they hold forth on matters they know nothing about.



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Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos

Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences: A wise mathematician's elegant guide to thinking about numbers.



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The Worldly Philosophers by Robert Heilbroner

The Worldly Philosophers: The Lives, Times And Ideas Of The Great Economic Thinkers, Seventh Edition: If a series of profiles of history’s most influential economists strikes you as dull, you will be very pleasantly surprised. In writing about Adam Smith and Thorstein Veblen and John Maynard Keynes, Heilbroner brings economic thinking to life.

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