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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything - P.S.
Author: Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Economist Steven Levitt is a popularizer in the best sense of that term, and his reality-based view of economics encompasses both how it touches our daily lives (though we may not always see it) and how it can help bring clarity to that messy world we live in. In FREAKONOMICS, written with journalist Stephen J. Dubner, Levitt casts his professor...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060731335
ISBN-10: 0060731338
Publication Date: 1/1/1975
Pages: 320
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4.1 stars, based on 150 ratings
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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c-squared avatar reviewed Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) on + 181 more book reviews
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An interesting quick read, just random enough for my taste. How do teachers cheat on standardized tests? Why do drug dealers live with their mothers? What are the "whitest" and "blackest" names? Malcolm Gladwell raved about this book, and it's very much on par with his books. If you liked them, you'll probably enjoy this, too.
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reviewed Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) on + 12 more book reviews
The book makes interesting connections between events we may see as unrelated. It's well written and combines an interest in sociology and economics. It's a great discussion starter!
tiffanyak avatar reviewed Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) on + 215 more book reviews
This is a very fascinating book, which I highly recommend to everyone. Essentially, the authors use economic principles and ideas to analyze several very interesting questions, such as why drug dealers live with their mothers. Trust me when I say that you never knew just how large of a role economics plays in our everyday world. I came away from the book looking at everything in a whole new way, and with a whole new level of appreciation for economics as a field of study. The anecdotes are amusing, the questions explored are relevant and interesting in ways you have never realized, and the entirety is tied together nicely and written in a very approachable fashion. The one downside, if you can call it that, is that not a lot of the data and information used in the analyses was provided or explained, with the authors instead largely falling back on saying what they found, with the reader basically taking their word for it. While this makes the book far more approachable and interesting for an everyday reader, it means that the education in actual economics that is provided is severely limited in scope, and their conclusions cannot be investigated further (based on what is provided in the book alone) if someone wishes to do so. They basically manage to make economics readily approachable for the everyday reader, while also allowing for very little true additional understanding of the field of study itself. This is only a minor weakness overall, as most would not be reading it for those purposes, but it did jump out at me a bit.


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