Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Penguin Books Limited, Oct 5, 2006 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
Life can be baffling and chaotic, and sometimes it's hard to make sense of it all. The answer, explains groundbreaking thinker Steven Levitt, lies in economics. Not ordinary economics, but freakonomics. It is at the heart of everything we see and do and the subjects that bedevil us daily: from parenting to crime, sport to politics, health to education, fear to traffic jams. In Freakonomics Levitt turns conventional economics on its head, stripping away the jargon and calculations of the 'experts' to explore the riddles of everyday life and examine topics such as: how chips are more likely to kill you than a terrorist attack; why sportsmen cheat and how fraud can be spotted; why violent crime can be linked not to gun laws, policing or poverty, but to abortion; and why a road is more efficient when everyone travels at 20mph. Ultimately, he shows us that economics is all about how people get what they want, and what makes them do it. -- Publisher description.

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This book comfounds conventional wisdom and unapolegetically rattles foundational beliefs with its gung-ho explanations of the hidden truths behind occurences. No matter how much pro-life supporters can holler in public against Freakonomics' freakish correlation between abortion and low crime rate, deep down, in the solitude of self-reflection, you know its true. A freakish truth, but truth at best. 

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Steven D. Levitt (Author)
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 (Author)
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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