Freakonomics

Freakonomics

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Book - 2005
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"Steven D. Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner 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. In Freakonomics, they set out to explore the hidden side of...well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Ku Klux Klan."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2005
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780060731328
006073132X
Branch Call Number: 330 Lev 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xii, 242 p
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 03, 2017

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything was a book that was both interesting as well as humourous. If you’re looking for a fascinating read that uses statistical analysis to connect what are seemingly unrelated topics, then this is the book to read. They answer unusual questions such as “Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers” and “What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?”. It is a quick read that makes users think outside of the box and use data to answer these questions. However, the book mainly deals with sociology. Some of the data used is not very reliable and despite the authors preaching about reliable and thorough statistical analysis, they still use the data. The book presents the statistics as accurate and that the conclusions are reliable, but in reality it is not. If you are looking for a pop science and fun read, then this is a great read. However, do not be misled by the content of the book as it seems to be presented as fact when in reality a lot of the analysis and conclusions can be questioned. I would rate it 3/5 stars.- @SuperSilk of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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padocarl
Jul 24, 2017

This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I actually graduated with a degree in Economics. I enjoyed this book so much the first time I read it that I actually got a signed copy. (I took a class in school on the economics of crime and it was very similar to the thinking in this book and it was one of my favorite econ classes ever.) Although I may be a nerd, this is a book that I think many folks would enjoy. It isn't about the stock market or supply and demand, but is about real life situations (drug dealers, cheating in school, parents influence, etc) that are looked at from a different perspective. I hear there is a great podcast by Dubner (with Levitt as a regular guest), but have yet to check it out. As far as this book, I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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amshali
Oct 29, 2016

This is an OK book. Definitely not as fascinating as I expected.
Book goes through several topics such as crime, abortion, baby names and a couple of more and explains why some theories in those topics are wrong and why the theories suggested by the freakonomists are correct. The logic used to prove the proposed theories in some cases doesn't make much sense.

In any case, the book is good for learning about some random facts about crime and racism, but this is not a very strong book. As someone else mentioned the book will drag you through some of the subjects for too long(e.g. baby names).

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zipread
Sep 17, 2016

Freakonomics. --- by. --- Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner.
First off, I'm not sure that Levitt & Dubner's credentials as economists, rogue or otherwise, has anything of substance to do with the contents of this book.
Having said that, however, L&D have written a book that is both amusing and insightful at the same time.
Why do drug pushers still live at home with mother? L&D have the answer --- and one that sounds pretty logical too.
And how do you get students' marks at school to improve? Get their teachers to cheat.
The two guys are great statisticians. Give them the numbers and they can ferret out the truth while keeping you entertained at the same time.
And to think, they call themselves economists.

cloux1107 Sep 08, 2016

I don't know why but when I opened it to read on overdrive, I got "Fragile Things" by Neil Gaiman. Is there an issue with this ebook?

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Aj29065
Jun 18, 2016

eye opener

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blolo
Oct 28, 2015

I couldn’t help compare this to Malcolm Gladwell books. While I thought it was okay, I didn’t enjoy it as much as MG books. Partially I think the blurbs talking about how awesome this economist is turned me off. Partially I think it was the lack of a central question/thesis like MG books usually have. Also, some of the correlations and stuff had me pretty skeptical - there are just SO MANY variables to a lot of the questions this book examines and I’m dubious that it is possible to control for everything.

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rswcove
Mar 28, 2015

This book is not a bad book. It is reasonably entertaining as pop psychology, but pointless. This book is a sideshow and a stand up comedy routine. It is a pop tart, sweet but unsatisfying. It is a distraction, nothing more. Read it on the beach.

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sanitycheck
Dec 06, 2014

I liked the book - really entertaining. I was often laughed. You have to have some intellect, some knowledge of statistics and definitely scene of humor in order to enjoy it. The book definitely makes you to think out of box. If you are too serious about Freakonomics you should probably read “Economics For Dummies”.

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mexicanadiense
Nov 11, 2013

Now that I've heard this audiobook I can tell what the fuss was all about when this book was initially released. There are some interesting ideas on display, to be sure, but as is so often the case for audiobooks dealing with topics that ends themselves to long lists or tables of data hearing them read out, as opposed to seeing them on the page, is remarkably tedious. Still, enjoyable on the whole.

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Aug 03, 2014

"This book has been written from a very specific worldview, based on a few fundamental ideas:
- Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life...
- The conventional wisdom is often wrong...
- Dramatic effects often have a distant, even subtle, causes...
- Experts use their informational advantage to serve their own agenda...
- Knowing what to measure and how to measure it makes it complicated world much less so..."

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