A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Audiobook CD - 2006
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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.


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.

Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, p2006
Edition: Unbridged
ISBN: 9780061238536
Characteristics: 7 sound discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.


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Mar 14, 2020

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Nov 11, 2013

Now that I've heard this audiobook I can tell what the fuss was all about when this book was initially released. There are some interesting ideas on display, to be sure, but as is so often the case for audiobooks dealing with topics that ends themselves to long lists or tables of data hearing them read out, as opposed to seeing them on the page, is remarkably tedious. Still, enjoyable on the whole.

Sep 25, 2013

Condescending, full of nonsense, and bloated like a dead fish. This book takes about half a dozen interesting research results and slowly drags us through them, flogging the dead horse again and again each time. The audiobook chapter(s) on baby names were probably the worst. Not recommended. You get more out of reading the book back cover than listening / reading this whole thing.

Timoto32 Nov 12, 2012

Excellent book. Not the best place to start if you're trying to understand traditional economics but a fascinating book if you have an analytical mind and like questions.

Dec 21, 2011

Better than not learning anything about economics- but there are much better titles that cover the same theory and applications. (Economics of real estate, contraception quotidian human behaviour etc). Disliked the tone, found it to be shoddily written with a tone of implied superiority. Would recommend "Naked Economics" for very similar (IMO better) content with equally simple analogies, but actually gives credit to the reader's intelligence.

Dec 21, 2011

This ground-breaking book is a collection of odd, fairly disconnected, stories. The common theme between all of them is that economic analysis has been used to crack the enigma. The resulting behaviour can be explained using economics.

The first part of the book, it draws similarities between very different groups, such as school teachers and sumo wrestlers, or KKK members and real estate agents. What are the similarities? The structure of incentives and how people respond to them.

One of the more interesting analysis is on what factors have affected crime rate. Though for a fuller explanation, see the sequel: Super Freakonomics.

There are many more interesting topics the authors touch upon. Well worth the read.

Jan 07, 2011

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