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

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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

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More Than 4 Million Copies Sold WorldwidePublished in 35 Languages

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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780606324304
ISBN-10: 0606324305
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication Date: August 25th, 2009
Pages: 315
Language: English
 

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