Freakonomics

There is a book (well, two now…and a movie??!!) called Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. Someone asked my other half to read and discuss it and it’s all I’ve heard about for weeks.

From the back of the book:

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?

What do teachers 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.

My guy’s article came out today. Please check it out. Also, the authors’ have a blog at the New York Times if you’re interested in checking that out as well.

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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9 thoughts on “Freakonomics

  1. If Matt chooses to read the second book, I’ll be happy to blog it for you. The link to his article has more information, and I did include the author’s blog as well so you can speak with them directly if you choose.

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  2. I appreciate you reading my blog, however, if you have a comment to add to the article Matthew wrote, please feel free to do so at Associated Content where he’ll be sure to see it.

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