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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Paperback – 25 August 2009

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 315 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0060731338
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0060731335
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"A showcase for Levitt's intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics.... There's plenty of fun to be had."--Salon.com

"An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means."--Business World

"An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world."--Kirkus Reviews

"An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom."--Associated Press

"Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds."--Amazon.com

"Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading."--Book Sense Picks and Notables

"Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order."--Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century

"Freakonomics was the 'It' book of 2005."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Hard to resist."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt... Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae."--Wall Street Journal

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Which 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 the riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to parenting and sports--and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics 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.

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