When to Rob a Bank: A Rogue Economist's Guide to the World

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9780141980966: When to Rob a Bank: A Rogue Economist's Guide to the World

Why don't flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?

Over the past decade, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have published more than 8,000 blog posts on Freakonomics.com. Now the very best of this writing has been carefully curated into one volume, the perfect solution for the millions of readers who love all things Freakonomics.

Discover why taller people tend to make more money; why it's so hard to predict the Kentucky Derby winner; and why it might be time for a sex tax (if not a fat tax). You'll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner's own quirks and passions. Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, Freaks and Friends demonstrates the brilliance that has made their books an international sensation.

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"[A] kooky and counterintuitive collection of economic analysis. ... Plenty to revel in."--Kirkus

"Praise for the Freaknomics Books""Genius ... has you gasping in amazement."--Wall Street Journal

"We are all Freakonomists now."--Washington Post

"An afternoon with Levitt and Dubner's book will transform you into the most interesting person in the room that evening."--National Public Radio

"A splendid book, full of unlikely but arresting historical details that distinguish the authors from the run of pop social scientists."--New York Times

"An addictive, irresistible crash course in the populist application of economics."--The A.V. Club

"Good ideas ... expressed with panache."--Financial Times

"Lively, self-deprecating writing ensures an entertaining read for fans and new readers alike."--Publishers Weekly

"Levitt and Dubner... return with more of their signature humor and economic perspective on everyday life. ... Will be a hit with fans of "Freakonomics.""--Library Journal

"Praise for the Freakonomics Books: " "Genius... has you gasping in amazement."--Wall Street Journal

Lively, self-deprecating writing ensures an entertaining read for fans and new readers alike. --Publishers Weekly"

[A] kooky and counterintuitive collection of economic analysis. ... Plenty to revel in. --Kirkus"

Levitt and Dubner... return with more of their signature humor and economic perspective on everyday life. ... Will be a hit with fans of "Freakonomics." --Library Journal"

"Praise for the Freakonomics Books: " Genius... has you gasping in amazement. --Wall Street Journal"

We are all Freakonomists now. --Washington Post"

An afternoon with Levitt and Dubner s book will transform you into the most interesting person in the room that evening. --National Public Radio"

A splendid book, full of unlikely but arresting historical details that distinguish the authors from the run of pop social scientists. --New York Times"

An addictive, irresistible crash course in the populist application of economics. --The A.V. Club"

Good ideas ... expressed with panache. --Financial Times"

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Surprising and erudite, eloquent and witty, When to Rob a Bank demonstrates the brilliance that has made the Freakonomics guys an international sensation, with more than 7 million books sold in 40 languages, and 200 million downloads of their Freakonomics Radio podcast.

When to Rob a Bank is Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner s curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the universe. Drawn from 10 years of entries on Freakonomics.com, where they employ a style that is more casual, more personal, and more outlandish than in their books, they answer such questions as: Why don t flight attendants get tipped? If you were a terrorist, how would you attack? And why does KFC always run out of fried chicken?

You ll discover:

  • What people lie about, and why
  • The best way to cut gun deaths
  • Why it might be time for a sex tax
  • And yes, when to rob a bank (Short answer: never; the R.O.I. is terrible)

You ll also learn a great deal about Levitt and Dubner s own quirks and passions, from gambling and golf to backgammon and the abolition of the penny.

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