Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)

Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Freakonomics Which is 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 What kind of impa

Which is 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 What kind of impact did Roe v Wade have on violent crime Freakonomics will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.These may not sound like typical questions for an econWhich is 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 What kind of impact did Roe v Wade have on violent crime Freakonomics will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask But Steven D Levitt is not a typical economist He is a much heralded scholar who studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing and whose conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head He usually begins with a mountain of data and a simple, unasked question Some of these questions concern life and death issues others have an admittedly freakish quality Thus the new field of study contained in this book freakonomics.Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, 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.What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a su

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)

  1. Steven David Steve Levitt is a prominent American economist best known for his work on crime, in particular on the link between legalized abortion and crime rates Winner of the 2003 John Bates Clark Medal, he is currently the Alvin H Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and co editor of the Journal of Political Economy published by the University of Chicago Press He is one of the most well known economists amongst laymen, having co authored the best selling book Freakonomics 2005 Levitt was chosen as one of Time Magazine s 100 People Who Shape Our World in 2006.

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  1. This was an interesting book I say it was interesting because I started liking it a lot when I first read it, as time passed I liked it less and less In that way I call it a candy book, tastes good at first but leaves you worse off for reading it In my opinion, there are two problems with the book First, Stephen Dubner comes across as a sycophant Way to much of the book is spent praising Levitt Secondly, I was disappointed in the lack of detail provided about Livitt s hypothesis I wanted It was [...]

  2. Yes, zero stars.There is one segment of this book that reports use of a dataset I know very well the Fatality Analysis Reporting System FARS data From what details they put into the book, it s fairly clear that the researchers did not research the reliability of the data elements they chose to use from FARS In particular, their analysis rests on the ability to identify uninjured children in vehicles that were involved in fatal crashes FARS has data elements for this, but the reliability of the d [...]

  3. Sure, this book was a compelling read that offered us all some great amo for cocktail party conversation But ultimately I think most of what Leavitt claims is crap He dodges accoutability with the disclaimer about his book NOT being a scholarly work, but then goes on to drop statistics, theories and expert opinions These assertions laid, he doesn t provide readers with enough information to critically examine his perspectives.Ultimately I have a problem with the unquestioned, unaccoutable role o [...]

  4. I loved this book, though I think the title is a bit misleading It s not really about economics In fact, he s showing you what interesting things you can discover when you apply statistical analysis to problems where you wouldn t normally think of using it I use statistical methods a fair amount in my own work, so I found it particularly interesting The most startling and thought provoking example is definitely the unexpected reduction in US urban crime that occurred towards the end of the 20th [...]

  5. Jesus H Tittyfucking Christ on a bike Could these two tossers be any smarmy and self indulgent Levitt and Dubner and probably the kind of smart arse nerds who snigger at you because you don t understand linux but sneer at you because you ve actually spoken to a woman This book is much like the Emperor s New Clothes, people are so scared about being left out if they don t like or understand it because some sandal wearing hippy in the Guardian said it s This year s Das Capital or some such bolloc [...]

  6. Well,this is the most terrible book I have ever seen,it was too terrible to read.It s so terrible that I just want to burn it as fast as I can,and it cost me 58RMB.That was 58RMB,it was to expensive for me to afford.At first.I thought it was a good book,and I spend all my money on this book.And I was pretty annoyed about this I don t have any other money for my breakfast,lunch,and even dinner.I haven t drink juice for the whole year.Reading this is a waste of time,no one want to see this book ag [...]

  7. I assumed Freakonomics would be a book that used statistics to debunk various societal hysterias and fearmongering in a semi humorous way I quickly realized what I was in for when early in the book when the authors gave their background as Harvard Jews and profiled a guy that infiltrated the KKK for the ADL The story sounds at least partially made up It then jumped into predictable white guilt inducing trash and goes into mental contortions using data and sociological explanations for black crim [...]

  8. I guess some people don t like this book because it s not centered around one theme Instead, it s about the seemingly diffuse academic work of one of the authors Steven D Levitt the other author is a journalist, Stephen J Dubner Levitt is something of an economist but like a social scientist using the tools of Microeconomics applied to other fields that happen to catch his interest often having something to do with cheating, corruption, crime, etc In the back of the book he mentions how he con [...]

  9. The most interesting part of this book was the introduction Sad, but true.Four stars for presentation The prose is nearly invisible, which I suppose in this genre is preferable to the alternative And the content is mildly interesting, in a Huh Wouldja look at that sort of way, as though you saw a duck waddling through your back yard with jam on its head.But insofar as it s meant to be the vehicle for a larger framework for viewing the world, this book is old news You mean shit s connected in wei [...]

  10. The experts are evil, have agendas, will trick you talk got old real fast, especially when points are later being backed up with experts research There s not enough discussion on the data itself, no distinction between quantitative and qualitative, and not enough discussion on the many flaws of data and how we analyze it Pretty interesting how much he dislikes criminologists but then if I remember correctly , only mentions the same one or two names over and over when giving examples of criminolo [...]

  11. Extremely enlightening Worthy of 15 stars out of 5 This is a book about the world and not about any science in particular It s about learning to question the given and see beyond the obvious An extremely useful gift in the misguiding modern world.Yeah, populistic much too much but neverthless compulsively readable A definite revisit and reread.Q As Levitt sees it, economics is a science with excellent tools for gaining answers but a serious shortage of interesting questions His particular gift i [...]

  12. Yeah, this isn t rogue economics This is sociology It s not a new discipline And this is really spurious sociology that wouldn t pass muster in academia, so Levitt published it for public consumption.

  13. I found this audiobook unbearable I turned it off halfway through and listened to the public radio pledge drive instead.

  14. Everything I hate about popular science alternating between over simplified, patronising, naive or simply annoying, but worst of all, blatantly refusing to take account of the political and social implications of its findings, and being proud of it.

  15. Verbose, repetitive, contradictory a book of 200 pages that could be condensed to 3 5 pages Titles that vary from scintillating to insulting, yet are followed by a chapter that doesn t support the title bar Anecdotal stories, mistaken for data or hypothesis Interpretations and hypotheses are drawn from data that could still be interpreted in multiple ways.The book claims that it will link the unexpected, but frankly, links the obvious, with many well duh moments.Needless generations of lists tha [...]

  16. This book is little than Stephen Dubner jerking off Steven Levitt, but that s not why it s a 1 star read here s why Women s rights advocates have hyped the incidence of sexual assault, claiming that one in three American women will in her lifetime be a victim of rape or attempted rape The actual figure is like one in eight but the advocates know it would take a callous person to dispute their claim In the Notes for this chapter The 2002 statistics from the National Crime Survey, which is desig [...]

  17. If I could give this book less then one star I would I tried so very hard to finish reading this book full of BS facts but eventually got so tired of hearing things that just are not true but the author claims to be fact, that I quit reading it I almost finished but couldn t do it in the end Some of the things the author talks about seem like they could be truths but the majority of it is not Don t waste your time Update I don t recall the specifics as this was over a year ago that I attempted t [...]

  18. Honestly not something I would pick up if it wasn t for school I didn t enjoy this book It dragged on where it didn t need to and left me in the dust at times Over all, don t read it unless you have to.

  19. Sheer Rubbish This is an awful book, yes I read the whole thing, like bitter medicine to a toddler, and had to see what the fuss was about.This review nails it.Here s my review rant I m reading this is 2012, maybe the hype in 2005 was different and people ate this kind of stuff up, even then I don t think we were that gullible at this time There were good social science stats books out there This book pales in comparison to the works of Malcolm Gladwell and others Levitt is making something out [...]

  20. Freakonomics explores the hidden side of everything If morality describes the ideal world, then economics describes the actual world Further, Freakonomics studies incentives and how different people in different professions respond Some of the case studies include bagel salesmen, sumo wrestlers, public school teachers, crack cocaine dealers and parents This is a smart, fun book but it s not for everyone Through a high nerd prospective, the authors deliver a slide rule and pocket protector observ [...]

  21. Onvan Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Freakonomics, 1 Nevisande Steven D Levitt ISBN 61234001 ISBN13 9780061234002 Dar 320 Safhe Saal e Chap 2005

  22. The Basics Freakonomics isn t really about any one thing, which makes it a bit hard to summarize In essence, it s economist Steven Levitt playing around with economic principles and basic statistical analysis to examine various cultural trends and phenomena He tackles a variety of questions, from whether or not sumo wrestlers cheat they do to whether or not a child s name determines his success it doesn t He does this all through examining statistics and data, trying to find facts to back up var [...]

  23. In addition to allowing 1 2 stars, really needs an abandoned book shelf.I had to abandon ship on this one, I guess I m too liberal free thinking whateveryoucallit to think that teacher s unions are bad, and if only poor black women could get abortions we d be safer after dark I didn t stick around for the rest.

  24. complete bollocks, un referenced studies being used to back up their meandering and un thought out claims should ve been able to tell by the cover what type of book this was.

  25. As the old joke goes, the questions in economics exams are the same every year only the answers change re reading in prep for the super freaks

  26. This book is a good example of garbage in, garbage out The demonstration of critical thinking is good on a superficial level But that it where the good stuff ends The background facts used to perform their logical analyses suffer from gaps in relevant facts to downright misinformation Even worse is the impression given that the background research is astonishingly thorough and accurate It is not Don t take their word for it on anything A quick Google search yields rebuttals from true experts in [...]

  27. I could not finish this book It made me cringe twice on each of the hundred odd pages that I did force myself to read.Would I recommend this book to you If you don t know how people use statistics to detect fraud, go ahead and read this book You will find it to be entertaining and informative On the other hand, if you feel strongly about the difference between correlation and causality and already know what, say, Benford s law is, spare yourself the horror You will find yourself reaching for the [...]

  28. The apt name would have been F konomics, for the book hovers around the passing of abortion bill in USA How can somebody write a book of 200 pages out of nothing is a mystery to me What intrigues me is that many newspapers had wrote great things about this book, a perfect case of hype creating a best seller All gas no substance And nothing to do with economics rather than some stupid black white demographics and some obvious facts Thank God, I m through with this.

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