Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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HarperCollins, Sep 20, 2011 - Business & Economics - 352 pages
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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.

  

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Good for the nerds who like random factoids. - LibraryThing
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Review: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics #1)

User Review  - Laura Woodford - Goodreads

The "Roque economist" of Freakonomics poses some interesting questions, but the research and findings are even more thought provoking. Levitt, an economist, and Dubner, author and journalist, discuss ... Read full review

Review: Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics #1)

User Review  - Shubham Agrawal - Goodreads

I dont often foray out of the safe havens of fiction , but boy am i glad i made an exception for this one. If you like Malcolm Gladwell's wtuff ( and who in their right mind doesnt ? ) , you will love Freakonomics. Read full review

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Contents

AN EXPLANATORY NOTE
THE HIDDEN SIDE OF EVERYTHING
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
SELECTED FREAKONOMICS COLUMNS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
A QA WITH THE AUTHORS
NOTES
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
SEARCHABLE TERMS
About the Authors
PRAISE FORFREAKONOMICS
Credits

TWO PATHS TO HARVARD
BONUS MATTER
THE PROBABILITY THAT A REALESTATE AGENT IS CHEATING YOUAND OTHER RIDDLES OF MODERN LIFE
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark medal, given to the most influential American economist under the age of forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career—as an almost-rock-star—to become a writer. He has worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He lives with his family in New York City.

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