- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (25 August 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060731338
- ISBN-13: 978-0060731335
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 202 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,64,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Paperback – 25 Aug 2009
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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.See all Product description
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Research in the book "might" be useful for the united states but not for India.
Chaper 1 - school teachers and sumo wrestlers
Ch2- ku klux klan and real estate agents
Ch3- drug dealers love with Mom
Ch4- where criminals gone
Ch5- perfect parents
Ch6- rich and poor names (English names)
Then there is some bonus matter-
Real estate agent is cheating you
And some articles of New York times magazine
Then there are some questions answers with authors
The pages are not that good quality.
The fast paced narration style, coupled with tounge and cheek humour is nothing short of a delight. The insight of the author towards common day occurences is unparalleled and surely justifies this book as a best seller.