Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Unique Uncovering the hidden truths behind everyday phenomena.

If you're someone who loves solving puzzles and exploring the hidden side of things, then "Freakonomics" is a perfect choice for you. With a blend of captivating storytelling and thought-provoking insights, Steven Levitt takes you on a journey into the fascinating world of incentives and human behavior. Get ready to have your mind blown as you discover the shocking connections between unexpected topics like guns and swimming pools or drug dealers and their moms. Prepare to challenge your conventional wisdom and view the world through a whole new lens. "Freakonomics" will leave you questioning everything you thought you knew and redefining the way you understand the complexities of the modern world.

Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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ISBN: 9780060731328
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of Publication: 2006-01-01
Format: Hardcover
Goodreads rating: 4.01
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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 seethrough 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.(front flap)
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