Freakonomics REV Ed: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Paperback – Large Print, 21 November 2006
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- ASIN : 0061245135
- Publisher : William Morrow & Company; Revised & Expanded ed. edition (21 November 2006)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 476 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061245138
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061245138
- Dimensions : 22.86 x 15.42 x 2.64 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 111,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
"A showcase for Levitt's intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics.... There's plenty of fun to be had."--Salon.com
"An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means."--Business World
"An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world."--Kirkus Reviews
"An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom."--Associated Press
"Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds."--Amazon.com
"Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading."--Book Sense Picks and Notables
"Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order."--Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century
"Freakonomics was the 'It' book of 2005."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Hard to resist."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt... Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae."--Wall Street Journal
"Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist's laser."--San Diego Union-Tribune
"Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire."--Philadelphia Daily News
"Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age."--Financial Times
"One of the decade's most intelligent and provocative books."--The Daily Standard
"Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read."--People: Great Reads
"Provocative... eye-popping."--New York Times Book Review: Inside the List
"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point
"The guy is interesting!"--Washington Post Book World
"The trivia alone is worth the cover price."--New York Times Book Review
From the Back Cover
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?
These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing--and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head.
Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: Freakonomics.
Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner 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. In Freakonomics, they explore the hidden side of . . . well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Ku Klux Klan.
What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and--if the right questions are asked--is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking.
Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.