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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Title:Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Format Type:eBook PDF / e-Pub
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ISBN:0061245135
Number of Pages:496

Epic book online Books by: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner 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 br br 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 riddles of everyday life from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing and whose conclusions turn conventional wisdom on its head br br em Freakonomics em 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 and death issues others have an admittedly freakish quality Thus the new field of study contained in this book Freakonomics br br Through forceful storytelling and wry insight Levitt and 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 em Freakonomics em they 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 br br What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world despite a great deal of complexity 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 br br em Freakonomics em 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 em Freakonomics em can provide more than that It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world

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