Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Hardcover)

Author: Steven Levitt

Customer Reviews   Write a Review

AVERAGE RATING
5 out of 5
5
3
4
2
3
0
2
0
1
0
Total Reviews
5
4.6
Overall Satisfaction
4.6
Value
4.6
Ease of Use
4.6
Performance

The authors did a great job presenting a new view of economics and a deep look at incentives. Its worth reading just for the chance to get a different viewpoint on things that we all take for granted. The actions that people take for an incentive are often not the desired affect.

-Andrew McDermott quote

This book correlates some of the most bizarre and unknown facts about various phenomenon - a great read and very entertaining! The writer is funny and quirky, makes the piece fun to read.

-Anonymous quote

A new twist on Economics

by Andrew McDermott on 5/19/2005

The authors did a great job presenting a new view of economics and a deep look at incentives. Its worth reading just for the chance to get a different viewpoint on things that we all take for granted. The actions that people take for an incentive are often not the desired affect. Read More

Was this review helpful to you?

YESNO

Strange Facts

on 12/1/2005

This book correlates some of the most bizarre and unknown facts about various phenomenon - a great read and very entertaining! The writer is funny and quirky, makes the piece fun to read. Read More

Was this review helpful to you?

YESNO
Load More Reviews

Product Overview

From the Publisher:
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? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on 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 stuff and riddles of everyday life -- from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing -- and whose conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. He usually begins with a mountain of data and a simple, unasked 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 co-author Stephen J. 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 set out to 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 surfeit of obfuscation, complication, 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. Steven Levitt, through devilishly clever and clear-eyed thinking, shows how to see through all the clutter.

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.

Specifications

Publisher William Morrow & Company
Mfg Part# 9780060731328
SKU 39962306
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 006073132X
Release Date 5/1/2005
loading
Sold Out
Sorry, you missed the deal! This product is currently not available.
ADVERTISEMENT
Promotions & Offers (1)
  •  custom promo
    5% Back Sitewide with Promo Code REWARDME at Checkout - Ends 8/31/15 *See page for details
Recent Product Reviews


Great in-depth look at life on Oct 16, 2006


Interesting read by Don on Mar 12, 2006


Just wonderful on Feb 11, 2006

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT