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Freakonomics Rev Ed Low Price CD
Freakonomics Rev Ed Low Price CD
Author: 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? — 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 spo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780062314246
ISBN-10: 0062314246
Publication Date: 8/20/2013
Edition: Una Rev
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Publisher: HarperAudio
Book Type: Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
Roe v. Wade is partially responsible for the drop in crime in the 1990s. Having books in your house correlates positively to increased test scores for your children, but whether or not you read to them doesn't. Do these statements sound crazy? Well, they're both at least partially true, according to analyses presented in Freakonomics. The story I found the most interesting was how one of the authors caught which teachers were cheating on standardized tests in Chicago. Least interesting was the analysis of baby names (distinguishing between "high-end" and "low-end" names for boys and girls).

My only real complaint is that the book was too short! This revised edition does include some responses and further anecdotes collected from the Freakonomics blog, which beefs it up a bit, but I still wanted more. Additionally, I would have liked to see more actual economics content (i.e. a bit of mathematical explanation to enhance their arguments). For example, in the example of real estate agents trying to close a deal (not necessarily to their client's benefit), the concepts of a discount rate and/or opportunity costs would have enhanced the discussion greatly. Overall, definitely worth a read, and great for cocktail conversation.
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Jaw-dropping insight into the drop in crime in the '90s. The authors have taken a LOT of heat for their crime-drop theory. I absolutely LOVED this book!
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