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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by [Levitt, Steven D., Stephen J. Dubner]
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Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don't need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship. Elsewhere, by analyzing data gathered from inner-city Chicago drug-dealing gangs, Levitt outlines a corporate structure much like McDonald's, where the top bosses make great money while scores of underlings make something below minimum wage. And in a section that may alarm or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that parenting methods don't really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun. These enlightening chapters are separated by effusive passages from Dubner's 2003 profile of Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, which led to the book being written. In a book filled with bold logic, such back-patting veers Freakonomics, however briefly, away from what Levitt actually has to say. Although maybe there's a good economic reason for that too, and we're just not getting it yet. --John Moe

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Award-winning economist Levitt and journalist Dubner join forces to strip a layer or two from the surface of modern life and see what is happening underneath. The authors' worldview as they explore the hidden side of many issues is based on a few fundamentals--among them, incentives are the cornerstone of modern life, and conventional wisdom is often wrong. They look at many different scenarios in a treasure-hunt approach, employing the best economic analytical tools but also following any freakish curiosities that they encounter--hence the study of Freakonomics. They evaluate intriguing questions such as "What do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?" "How is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real Estate Agents?" "Where Have All the Criminals Gone?" and "What Makes a Perfect Parent?" We are counseled to think sensibly about how people behave in the real world and to ask a lot of questions. This excellent, readable book will enlighten many library patrons. Mary Whaley
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2692 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (5 October 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141019018
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141019017
  • ASIN: B002RPCOH8
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It's a well written book lots of data. As a new parent I was surprised by the fact that swimming pools are more dangerous than a gun and how parents ( biological) play a great role in deciding the future of the child. A very good read.
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One word - Brilliant. This book challenges conventional wisdom like no other . Unlike books that just offer opinions, this book draws conclusions through unbiased analysis of facts and data. The writing style too, is simple enough for everyone to understand . If you like this book (You definitely will) you will love their book 'Think Like a Freak' which aims to help it's readers look at the world with a new perspective. A must read for everyone.
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It is one of those book you carry when you are pulling a red eye with insane layovers and trust me this makes the otherwise mundane flight freakingly interesting. So much so that you start a conversation with your neighbor on economics LOL
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Amazingly written by a witty genius who happen to be an economist with an uncanny ability to link unrelated topics.

If you are looking to read this and relate it with an Indian perspective, then this book wont be much of your guide.

This books touch the typical american household. So sometime it become insanely out of relevant for other nationality and thus hard to assimilate in one go.
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U wll find urself shacking head in agreement nd absolute amazement when u read this .... it's gripping ... language is fluid that goes down ur processing fast nd easy . Amazement in every chapter... ever wonder what such knowledge can do to ur perception of world around u . Clever! Must read !
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It was on my bucket list of books to read. Good, refreshing, new way of looking at daily issues and asking the right questions.
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Good book and excellent packaging by Amazon...The delivery couldn't be any better...10 stars!
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Tells about how to question things differently and how to play with data and statistics.
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