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Title:Freakonomics (and Other Riddles of Modern Life)
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Publisher:William Morrow
ISBN:0061792802
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:336
Category:Non fiction, Science, Psychology, Sociology, Economics

Freakonomics (and Other Riddles of Modern Life) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Freakonomics (and Other Riddles of Modern Life) Which 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 not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask But Steven D Levitt is not a typical economist 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 .

em Freakonomics em 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 Freakonomics .

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight Levitt and Dubner 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 In em Freakonomics em 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 Ku Klux Klan .

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit is not impenetrable is not unknowable and if the right questions are asked is even more intriguing than we think All it takes is a new way of looking .

em Freakonomics em establishes this unconventional premise If morality represents how we would like the world to work then economics represents how it actually does work It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties But em Freakonomics em can provide more than that It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world .

Bonus material added to the revised and expanded edition .

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The original em New York Times Magazine em article about Steven D Levitt by Stephen J Dubner which led to the creation of this book .

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Seven Freakonomics columns written for the em New York Times Magazine em published between August and April .

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Selected entries from the Freakonomics blog posted between April and May at a target blank href http www freakonomics com blog rel nofollow http www freakonomics com blog a

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