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Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Revised Edition)
Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - Revised Edition
Author: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt
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? — These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. L...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780061234002
ISBN-10: 0061234001
Publication Date: 10/2/2006
Pages: 320
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3.8 stars, based on 92 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, 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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Entertaining and informational. Really makes me look at data analysis with a new outlook. They have a lot of potential in this series. I wish this book had been able to cover more... Recommend.
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I had several people recommend this book. I found it very difficult to read. I got the point very quickly and the lengthy explanations of scenarios seemed to drag on. The concepts are interesting and worthy but I found myself wanting to ask questions and debate some of the theories with the author rather than being intrigued about what he would come up with next.
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An excellent if somewhat disjointed book that will leave you wondering what questions Levitt will answer next.


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