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

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Everyone lies. Realtors lie to sell property faster. Holding out to sell
your home for an extra $10,000 only means $150 for the realtor, so
waiting for a better price isn’t always the priority they tell you it
is. Our law enforcement lie to create or hide “crises” when it serves
them to do so. In the run up to the Atlanta Olympics, law enforcement
grossly under reported violent crime to increase their chances of
winning the Olympic bid. They continue to do so; the Atlanta police
department “lost” more than 22,000 reports in 2002 alone! But guess
what? There is one thing that doesn’t lie: it’s the numbers
Steven D. Levitt, an economist with the University of Chicago, uses the
numbers to give greater definition to what many of us see as a very grey
world. He is not the kind of economist who is interested in the trade
deficit or inflation rates. No, he wants to know if drug dealers make so
much why do many still live at home or if naming your child “Loser”
will ruin his/her life. Levitt asks these questions and many more in his
new book, Freakonomics and lets the numbers do the answering. This is
the kind of book that will drive your friends and family crazy because
you won’t be able to shut up about it.

— Matt

Description


Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.

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, an award-winning journalist and radio and TV personality, has worked for the New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He is the host of Freakonomics Radio and Tell Me Something I Don't Know.



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.

Praise For…


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

“Provocative… eye-popping.”
— New York Times Book Review: Inside the List

“The guy is interesting!”
— Washington Post Book World

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

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

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

“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 a number cruncher extraordinaire.”
— Philadelphia Daily News

“Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age.”
— Financial Times

“Hard to resist.”
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“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

“Freakonomics was the ‘It’ book of 2005.”
— Fort Worth Star-Telegram

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

“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

“One of the decade’s most intelligent and provocative books.”
— The Daily Standard

“Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading.”
— Book Sense Picks and Notables

“The trivia alone is worth the cover price.”
— New York Times Book Review

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

“Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds.”
— Amazon.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9780060731335
ISBN-10: 0060731338
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 25th, 2009
Pages: 352
Language: English
 

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