Steven D. Levitt Freakonomics

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Freakonomics

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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.

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"Provocative. eye-popping." -- New York Times Book Review: Inside the List

"The trivia alone is worth the cover price." -- New York Times Book Review

"The guy is interesting!" -- Washington Post Book World

"Freakonomics was the 'It' book of 2005." -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire." -- Philadelphia Daily News

"Hard to resist." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

The funkiest study of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist... Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping --Entertainment Weekly

An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world. --Kirkus Reviews

Hard to resist. --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means. --Business World

Freakonomics was the It book of 2005. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist s laser. --San Diego Union-Tribune

Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age. --Financial Times

The guy is interesting! --Washington Post Book World

One of the decade s most intelligent and provocative books. --The Daily Standard

Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled. --Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point

Provocative eye-popping. --New York Times Book Review: Inside the List

Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading. --Book Sense Picks and Notables

Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire. --Philadelphia Daily News

Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read. --People: Great Reads

Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. --Amazon.com

The trivia alone is worth the cover price. --New York Times Book Review

If Indiana Jones were an economist, he d be Steven Levitt Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae. --Wall Street Journal

Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order. --Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century

An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom. --Associated Press

A showcase for Levitt s intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics . There s plenty of fun to be had. --Salon.com

"Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire."--Philadelphia Daily News

"Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist's laser."--San Diego Union-Tribune

"An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world."--Kirkus Reviews

"The trivia alone is worth the cover price."--New York Times Book Review

"A showcase for Levitt's intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics.... There's plenty of fun to be had."--Salon.com

"Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading."--Book Sense Picks and Notables

"Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds."--Amazon.com

"One of the decade's most intelligent and provocative books."--The Daily Standard

"An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom."--Associated Press

"Hard to resist."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled."--Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point

"The funkiest study of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist... Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping"--Entertainment Weekly

"The guy is interesting!"--Washington Post Book World

"Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age."--Financial Times

"Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order."--Kurt Andersen, host of public radio's Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century

"Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read."--People: Great Reads

"Provocative... eye-popping."--New York Times Book Review: Inside the List

"Freakonomics was the 'It' book of 2005."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt... Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae."--Wall Street Journal

"An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means."--Business World

About the Author:

Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given to the most influential American economist under forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.



Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career--as an almost rock star--to become a writer. He has since taught English at Columbia, worked for The New York Times, and published three non-Freakonomics books.

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