Freakonomics Download by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Click Here to Download the Book 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? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an econo-mist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday lifeâ€”from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearingâ€”and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head. Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin with a mountain of data and a simple question. Some of these questions concern life-anddeath issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.
Reviews If I could i'd give this a 4.5 stars. It would lost half a star for its sometimes annoying writing style. The style isn't bad, but it isn't great and the recurring rhetorical questions are pretty silly. I'd rather just see the facts and what he is discussing that endure boring comparisons to why school teachers are like sumo wrestlers or whatever (the answer is always something simple like "they cheat" or "they lie") My second minor quibble would be the title. Why not call this Freakstatistics? Virtually nothing discussed in this book falls into the realms of economics as normally defined. The book is a mixture of statistics and sociology. Stephen Levitt is a brilliant guy and we donâ€™t' need to pin him down into the field of economics merely because he has a degree in it. His rational for discussing everything as economics is some general theme of "incentives," but that is too thin for me. Those two quibbles aside, this book is infinitely interesting and entertaining. Levitt is a genius at tackling problems from unexpected angles and then backing up his surprise theories with enough stats you have to believe him. Who would have thought the fall in crime was due to abortions? Few people, though upon hearing it and a brief explanation it makes total sense. That section and the section on the world of small time crack dealers were the most interesting, though I also highly enjoyed the chapter on black vs. white baby names. Highly recommended to anyone. Really, everyone would benefit from the info he imparts.
I am certainly late to the party on this one because I have heard so many great things about this book from a variety of friends. This book didn't disappoint! This is a fun, fascinating read, one that challenges many things you think are common knowledge, or conventional wisdom, as it were. It reminded me of why I love the quirkiness of economists...Only an economist could think this way.
Part of its appeal is that it addresses such topics as the inner workings of gangs, the real reasons for the fall of the KKK, and the true cause for the amazing and unexpected decline in crime in the 90s. No matter your educational background or your particular interests, I think you'll find this book worth your time.
To begin, Freakonomics isnâ€™t your typical storybook; it is an eye-opening experience that everyone should enjoy. Freakonomics is about exploring the hidden side of everything, and using many parts to find a whole of an unanswered question. Freakonomics does not follow the storyline of a typical book, the author asks a question, answers it, and repeats it. I would recommend this book to anyone with an open mind that wishes to explore some touchy subjects. All in all, Freakonomics show you that if more people questioned things, we would learn new information and further our knowledge about anything we know to be true. Freakonomics has taught me that this world is run based on incentives, data, and questions. I think the most important thing about Freakonomics is the ability to question what is believed to be true and to think about it an unbiased way. Freakonomics, to me, is like a great movie that changes your mindset on a certain topic after you watch it. Freakonomics has taught me to think more for myself over the masses buying into what is told to them. Finally, I feel as though Freakonomics really opened my eyes to analyzation by my own means and taught me not to follow what is believed to be true.
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