Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything

Paperback | August 25, 2009

bySteven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.

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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.

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More Than 4 Million Copies Sold WorldwidePublished in 35 LanguagesWhich 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 th...

Steven D. Levitt received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1989 and a Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1994. He is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago where he has been teaching since 1997. He was awarded the 2003 John Bates Clark Medal, an award that recognizes the most outstanding economist in America under the age of 40. He i...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:August 25, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Freaking good This book offers a really odd yet convincing way of looking at things. If you enjoy a corky writing style and strange thinking then give it a go
Date published: 2015-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not too bad A bit disjointed but largely well-written. Not for people looking for an introduction to main-stream economic thought. Good job guys!
Date published: 2013-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maybe a stretch, but still very fascinating This compilation of hidden truths revealed through assessment and assimilation of cause and effect incentives was enlightening and ever encouraging that we should never stop questioning conventional wisdom. www.booksnakereviews.blogspot.com
Date published: 2008-11-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I never thought of it like that before.... Freakanomics was a book I'd been meaning to pick up and read for quite some time. When I finally did, I was glad. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting, but it gave a lot of interesting points and actually makes economics less dry (if you've ever studied economics you know how boring the subject can be if there is nothing to relate to it!). I especially like how they've traced baby names, and how some of the newer popular names are already popping up. Their predictions/forecast may be dead on.
Date published: 2008-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brain Teaser! I loved this book and the way it makes you look at alternative reasons for some of society's social issues developing into what they are today! Just great!
Date published: 2008-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally! This is the exact same kind of raw material I studied in forensic accounting. Numbers have to be studied beyond face value and this books helps uncover the many camaflauges in data today. A quick read.
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Airplane Read I read half the book from YVR to YYZ and the other half a few days later from YYZ to YVR. I found the book fascinating and very interesting .I agree that his data samples seems surprisingly small yet his weird questions and coreralations upon reflection makes intuitive sense. He syas things that people think but are afraid to write or say I.E .abortions and Crime. I would recommend it besides being informative it made me laugh.
Date published: 2008-07-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but it falls into a cycle This book on a whole was interesting and got me thinking more about the distinction of correlation and causation. I liked the chapters about abortions and crime rates, and the Shangra-Li diet, but I felt as the book went on it started to gain a sort of racist tone.
Date published: 2008-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Comparisons are in the Eye of the Beholder I saw an interview with the author on the Daily Show way back and I had to go buy the book. I wasn't disappointed. The authors compare things like sumo wrestlers to teachers, KKK members to real estate Agents, and so on. It makes interesting arguments and propositions that'll make you wonder and best of all: think - which may be the greatest benefit of this book.
Date published: 2008-01-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Lots of hype, little substance The first chapter was the most interesting. After that the book devolved into long lengthy explanations about uninteresting phenomenon. The author should have interspersed some of his observations from the first chapter throughout the rest of the book. Reading it was like finding out who-dunnit before reading the murder mystery.
Date published: 2007-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Insightful Some very good points raised by Levitt in his book. However, the data to support his premise is mostly empty. I would have liked to have seen more of the research data. I can tell that the publisher wanted to keep the book lean so that they could sell more copies. Too bad, because a book junkie like me would've liked to have read more of the research data.
Date published: 2006-12-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not as expected I wouldnt recommend this book if you want to find something more valuable to read during the holiday. This books describes mostly the school and parenting side than the business sides. If you want to find something that are more solid and concrete/ more informational , I would suggest you read "The world is flat". That is a great book who explains everything involve with business in North America, India, Tawian, Hong Kong...etc. It's worth a while to spend time on this book, only you want something easy to read. Enjoy!
Date published: 2006-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Freakonomics For anyone whose eyes glaze over when they hear people discussing economic policy etc - this book is about practical economics applied to everyday life. Some chapters may be less interesting than others, but overall it was a pretty great read.
Date published: 2006-12-03

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