Freakonomics

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

By Steven D. Levitt; Stephen J. Dubner
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060731335, 315pp.)

Publication Date: August 25, 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.




About the Author
STEVEN LEVITT is a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and an editor of The Journal of Political Economy. In January 2004 the American Economic Association awarded him the John Bates Clark medal, a prize honouring the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline.

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career--as an almost-rock-star--to become a writer. He has worked for The New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. He lives with his family in New York City.
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