Freakonomics Rev Ed - Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics Rev Ed

By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

  • Release Date: 2010-02-17
  • Genre: Economics
Score: 4
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Description

One of the greatest young American thinkers offers his provocative and intriguing insights into basic life issues—from cheating to child rearing—in this highly readable and challenging new work

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Which should be feared more: snakes or french fries? Who really deserves credit for the recent drop in crime? In this groundbreaking book, leading economist Steven Levitt—Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and winner of the American Economic Association’s 2004 John Bates Clark medal for the economist under 40 who has made the greatest contribution to the discipline—reveals that the answers to such questions lie in economic theory, a field he is revolutionizing. Joined by acclaimed author Stephen J. Dubner, Levitt offers his most compelling ideas as he explores the basic questions of everyday life, reaching conclusions that have turned conventional wisdom on its head.

Brilliantly reasoned, told in compelling, forthright language, and filled with keen insight, What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common? remind us that economics is ultimately the study of incentives and competition—how people get what they want, or need, when others want or need the same thing.

Reviews

  • Amazing!!!

    5
    By KBiz13
    Must I repeat myself?
  • a work in progress...

    4
    By JoeInJamaica
    As one more "fearful" of statistical data than of Analysis, i.e. the calculus, I expected to be not quite in swing with this book. But, surprise, I found it interesting how data is searched for and looked at, sample sets relevant to a given topic are selected and the sometimes unexpected insights gleaned. In this day and age of "info overload" the worth of such sorts of inquiry are obvious, and seem to require a sort of gift for it as well as determination to work it through and look for relevant data in a way a bit different, but perhaps not completely divorced, from going the other way around, i.e. from theoretical mathematics to deduction and investigation of "the fit". My only complaint is it is a little repetitive and just maybe their findings are not always the "complete truth" of a given matter (but better a few "partial truths" than "full false truths"). Half star off for over repetition, but since don't see that option I went with 4 stars, but it's very interesting, enough to look forward to more from said authors and as my "title to review" indicates, I think they do well to continue with their research and write about it.
  • Great book; a must-read

    5
    By Band Frequency
    I never would've guessed I'd get hooked on an economics book for my bedtime reading, but I read this on a recommendation and couldn't put it down; this book is well-written, interesting, informative and entertaining. Can see why it was/is a bestseller.
  • Super Interesting!

    5
    By Gigi Vaz
    Extraordinary way of rationalizing! It will make you wonder and question about conventional wisdoms :) things are definitely not what they seemed to be.
  • Amazing

    5
    By Spiddy56
    Very out of the box thinking and an amazing read.
  • Fantastic book

    5
    By Ohfhcg
    You learn so much
  • Must Read

    5
    By Dyoungster
    Fantastic book, keeps your attention the whole time. Great ideas and theories. High recommend reading. Easy to read and understand.
  • Ok

    3
    By Brandon Rogers
    Entertaining and insightful in many chapters, others were slower... No real plot... Just jumps from one random subject to another...
  • A great read...

    4
    By SoCalSan
    ...for those of use wondering how stats plays into our daily lives.
  • Incredibly thought provoking

    5
    By DangerousDan13
    Fantastic read! It's really a book about incentives, not economics. If you like to think, but this book! If you're in the Incentive Compensation community, you absolutely *must* read this book!