FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything by Steven LevittFREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything by Steven Levitt

FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything

bySteven Levitt

Paperback | August 17, 2009

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In the summer of 2003,The New York Times Magazinesent 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 onFreakonomics, 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 fromThe New York Times Magazine, an exclusive author Q & A and a sneak preview ofSuperfreakonomics.
Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most influential economist under the age of forty. He is also founder of The Greatest Good, a company that applies Freakonomic principles to philanthropy and business.
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Title:FREAKONOMICS: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of EverythingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:August 17, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you like numbers, you'll like this book! All around great book. I myself am not too much of a stats guy and found there were too many facts and numbers at times. I'm glad I read it but I probably won't be reading it a second time.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye-opening It enjoyed the book and thought Levitt did a skillful job communicating complex economic scenarios in laymen's terms and in an entertaining manner.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Entertaining read It's a short and entertaining read. Each chapter is interesting! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and understandable The book clearly highlights key economic concepts and how they can be turned on their heads or be used in uncommon areas. While it's not as much an economic book as it is a sociological book, it makes a good effort in bridging the two in an accessible way.
Date published: 2017-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great writing style. Started reading this after hearing of it through word of mouth. Have enjoyed what I've read so far. Interesting topics and insight. Data presented seems well researched. Worth a try!
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The book that took economics to pop culture Great intro to how economics affects so many different areas of society. Excellent read.
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and easy read I would recommend this book to introduce yourself to economics, but as an avid reader on economics I didn't learn anything new.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book on economics easy to understand and fun to read
Date published: 2017-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A reporter and a stats guy... A reporter and a stats guy take mundane topics and make them entertaining and informative.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting My dad read this book about a year ago and would talk about its content non-stop during supper. I was very intrigued and a year later I have finally found time to read this book ((listen to the audio book)). Best way to help time pass, very interesting content and definitely puts things into perspective
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but long winded Very interesting information provided through looking at data and analyzing various random questions. It did get long winded and boring at times, but I'm glad I read it in the end.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved reading this I really enjoyed reading this and was very entertained by the authors alternative take on varying subject matters. If you're looking for serious statistical analysis of the subjects that they're talking about, this is not that book. This is more like pop economics made for easy digestion.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page Turner Excellent book, makes you look at things a little differently. Really brings into perspective how one thing affects another. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is a great book for anyone who is a Malcolm Gladwell fan! Easy and Fascinating read!
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Food for thought I really enjoyed this book as it opens up your mind to how things work or how things can propagate. It is a mind opener and the writing was quirky and fun. A quick and fun read for people looking for a fresh perspective.
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting There's a ton of cool stuff to read about in this book. I read it when I was in grade 8, and I was able to understand everything! I love how this book was easy to understand yet still informative, and all the information was interesting and not dumbed down.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting An interesting and different perspective on how to view society.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A freaky way of thinking Steven Levitt is an avant garde kind of economist and it shows in "Freakonomics". He asks questions that make sense from an economical and societal point of view (some questions that the average person may not even consider) and then applies economical evidence to support an answer. Some of his questions really make you think and look at things in ways you never thought of; other questions are there just for the reader's amusement and entertainment. He also looks at the same issue and provides two completely different outcomes for two different situations - abortion laws. The outcome of legalizing abortion in the United States was less crime; the outcome of making abortion illegal in Romania was the overthrow of a dictatorial regime. Who'd have thunk it.For parents, he provides valuable insight into correlated activities that can improve your child's chances of success, including possible names for a child. Overall, a highly entertaining economics book written for the masses. Easy to read and follow. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Insightful What a great way to look at the world. I bought this book as a gift and found myself reading it to its conclusion.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from refreshing I've been keeping an eye on this book for a while and finally decided to give it a try. Definitely worth it, a book everyone should read or at least be exposed to the content so we can be more inquisitive and less prone to connect dots that do not exist
Date published: 2015-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Accessible Explorations of Real World Phenomena As of this writing, there have been well over one thousand reviews of this book. I doubt very much that I can add anything new or significant that has not already been mentioned. So, I will simply state my own personal experience in reading it. I found the prose/writing style to be clear, very friendly, quite witty, authoritative, highly accessible and most captivating. The pages just flew by, making it a rather quick read (and I am a slow reader). I have also learned a few interesting and worthwhile facts that I intend to use to my advantage. I am certain that there is something here for one and all. As such, I do believe that this is a book that everyone can enjoy. (I have now started to read the sequel: Superfreakonomics)
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising results! Like its sister book, Superfreakonomics, these authors delve into the hidden side of human self-interest and try to reveal the actual incentives for behaving the way we do. Many of the articles in the book are absolutely fascinating and this book offers several refreshing viewpoints on long-standing questions. I particularly enjoyed the section on crime reduction and its link to voluntary abortion. Even if you don't agree with the some of the conclusions in the book, it still remains an enthrallling and quick read. Just for the record, you do not have to read this book BEFORE Superfreakonomics - they are simliar but not sequential.
Date published: 2010-09-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and Innovative Steven Levitt is looked at economics in a unique way. Instead of seeing economics as merely numbers and dollar signs, he saw it as a toolset to explain human behaviour. So he set about solving problems and discovered a new science which he called Freakonomics. He used Freakonomics to explain the dramatic drop in crime rate in the United States in the early 1990's. He used it to expose corruption in the education system, in sumo wrestling, and why real estate agents don't have their clients' best interests in mind. This is a very good read which makes observations on human behaviour that are not only interesting but also provide the reader with useful information. Its only failing characteristic is its lack of flow, due to changing of topics every chapter. I highly recommend this to readers who are observant of life and interested in how incentives affect human behaviour.
Date published: 2010-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from check it out I enjoyed digging through this one, full of interesting perspective and statistics. I loved the lay out and the way it was written in order to explain its theory. But in the end I must say some of the suggestions fall into the same category as common sense.
Date published: 2010-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eye opening This book was worth it just for the questions it will create in your mind every time you hear or read the news. It can get a bit on the technical side but not so much that you are left in the intellectual dust.
Date published: 2010-02-08

Editorial Reviews

"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America. . . . Prepare to be dazzled."
?Malcom Gladwell ()