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Freakonomics

Freakonomics - rev edition

Freakonomics - rev edition

ISBN13: 9780061234002

ISBN10: 0061234001

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - ISBN 9780061234002
Cover type: Hardback
Edition: REV 06
Copyright: 2006
Publisher: William Morrow Co., Inc.
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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner - ISBN 9780061234002

ISBN13: 9780061234002

ISBN10: 0061234001

Cover type: Hardback
Edition: REV 06

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Summary

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 econo-mist 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.
Freakonomics 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 Freakonomics, 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 Klu 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.
Freakonomics 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 Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction : the hidden side of everything p. 1
What do schoolteachers and Sumo wrestlers have in common? p. 15
How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real-estate agents? p. 49
Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? p. 79
Where have all the criminals gone? p. 105
What makes a perfect parent? p. 133
Perfect parenting, part II; or, would a Roshanda by any other name smell as sweet? p. 163
Epilogue : two paths to Harvard p. 189
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