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Steven D. Levitt

Freakonomics

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Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?
What do schoolteachers 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.

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“A showcase for Levitt’s intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics…. There’s plenty of fun to be had.”

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“An easy, funny read. Many unsolvable problems the Americans have could be solved with simple means.”

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“An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world.”

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“An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom.”

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“Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences.... Steven D. Levitt will change some minds.”

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“Freakonomics challenges conventional wisdom and makes for fun reading.”

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“Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way.... This is bracing fun of the highest order.”

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“Freakonomics was the ‘It’ book of 2005.”

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“Hard to resist.”

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“If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt… Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae.”

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“Levitt dissects complex real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist’s laser.”

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“Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire.”

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“Levitt is one of the most notorious economists of our age.”

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“One of the decade’s most intelligent and provocative books.”

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“Principles of economics are used to examine daily life in this fun read.”

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“Provocative… eye-popping.”

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“Steven Levitt has the most interesting mind in America... Prepare to be dazzled.”

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“The funkiest study of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist... Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping”

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“The guy is interesting!”

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“The trivia alone is worth the cover price.”

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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.

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