A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of EverythingBook - 2009
The author offers his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy.
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.
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.
In this paperback edition of the 2005 bestseller, Levitt (economics, U. of Chicago) and Dubner (former New York Times Magazine writer/editor) present unconventional ideas about how economic, social, and moral incentives affect real situations. These include what motivates teachers as well as sumo wrestlers to cheat, an association between abortions and reduced crime, and whether good parenting or genetics contributes more to child outcomes. This edition includes a Q&A section with the authors. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Takes an unconventional look at how the economy really works, from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what really matters and what really drives the economy, in an edition than includes a new preface, additional material, and a Q&A with the author and Stephen Dubner. 500,000 first printing. Original.
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"This book has been written from a very specific worldview, based on a few fundamental ideas:
- Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life...
- The conventional wisdom is often wrong...
- Dramatic effects often have a distant, even subtle, causes...
- Experts use their informational advantage to serve their own agenda...
- Knowing what to measure and how to measure it makes it complicated world much less so..."
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