From the Publisher
In the summer of 2003, The New York Times Magazine sent
Stephen J. Dubner, an author and journalist, to write a profile of
Steven D. Levitt, a heralded young economist at the University of
Chicago. Levitt was not remotely interested in the things that
interest most economists. Instead, he studied the riddles of
everyday life-from cheating to crime to child-rearing-and his
conclusions turned the conventional wisdom on its head.
Levitt and Dubner then collaborated on Freakonomics, a
book that gives full play to Levitt''s most compelling ideas.
Through forceful storytelling and sharp insight, it reminds us all
that economics is, at its root, the study of incentives-how people
get what they want or need, especially when other people want or
need the same thing. Among the questions it answers: Which is more
dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? If drug dealers make so much
money, why do they still live with their mothers? What makes a
perfect parent? And, of course: What do schoolteachers and sumo
wrestlers have in common? (Answer: they both cheat.)
Now this cultural blockbuster comes to trade paperback with
exclusive extras- including a new preface, five Freakonomics
columns from The New York Times Magazine, an exclusive
author Q & A and a sneak preview of Superfreakonomics.
About the Author
"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America. . . .
Prepare to be dazzled."
-Malcom Gladwell ()
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: August 17, 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1554686369
ISBN - 13: 9781554686360