Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (Hardback, 2006)
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- DescriptionWhich 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 t sound like typical questions for an eco-mist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is t a typical ecomist. 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. Freakomics 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: freakomics.Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and Dubner show that ecomics 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 Freakomics, 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 Klu Klux Klan. What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is t impenetrable, is t unkwable, and if the right questions are asked is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Freakomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then ecomics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with eugh riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.
- Author(s)Stephen J. Dubner,Steven D. Levitt
- PublisherHarperCollins Publishers Inc
- Date of Publication01/10/2006
- SubjectEconomics: Professional & General
- Place of PublicationNew York, NY
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarper Trophy (imprint of HarperCollins Children's Book Group, Div of HarperCollins US)
- Weight562 g
- Width164 mm
- Height236 mm
- Spine29 mm
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