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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything, Revised and Expanded Edition

512 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Steven D. Levitt

Economics is not widely considered to be one of the sexier sciences. The annual Nobel Prize winner in that field never receives as much publicity as his or her compatriots in peace, literature, or physics. But if such slights are based on the notion … see full wiki

Author: Steven D. Levitt
Genre: Business & Investing, Entertainment, Science
Publisher: William Morrow
25 reviews about Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores...
review by . May 22, 2005
This work contains non-conventional answers to important societal  questions. The authors are critical of teachers who teach to the  test and assist students in achieving inflated grades. This phenomenon is not necessarily the fault of teachers. It is the fault of administrators who live or die by the infamous "Bell  Curve". The book calls into question the current statistic for  homelessness. The authors believe that homelessness numbers are  inflated. …
review by . March 01, 2011
Freakonomics is a refreshing, thoroughly enjoyable, easy reading, fast paced, witty and cynical breath of fresh air! Levitt and Dubner offer up a series of pointed, thought provoking essays composed in jargon-free layman's language that are loosely connected through a theme revealed in the book's sub-title - the hidden side of everything!      Incentives, or disincentives and deterrents, are examined as to their effectiveness in achieving the outcomes anticipated by those …
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2010
mildly interesting but over-rated. Brain candy, as they say, but a bit of fun.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
You don't have to agree with everything written in this book but this author certainly provides interesting commentary.
Quick Tip by . July 03, 2010
very unique way of looking at some ordinary situations
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Important to grasp at least the general concepts; I feel many topics go too far afield. I could prove that bad cheese "causes" hurricanes in New Zealand, but it ain't necessarily so!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Fun and unique, kind of intellectual too
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
This book gave me alot of insight about things that I never would have thought about. The story about Drug Dealers living with their mothers makes you really think about how things are so superficial on the outside, but if you look closer and examine them you will be very surprised!
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
I thought this book was way over rated!
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
One of my favorites...and the sequel is just as good! Makes you rethink how things are related and if they really are what they seem, from a mathematical, number-crunching perspective.
Quick Tip by . June 23, 2010
Great book - totally changes how you think
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Good read, and worth picking up again and again.
Quick Tip by . June 14, 2010
Quick Tip by . June 12, 2010
Terrific easy read!
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Interesting reading.
review by . May 11, 2009
An economist and a writer team up to create a great read. Levitt takes things you see in society and looks at them in a different light.      Chapter list: An Expanatory Note, Introduction:The Hidden Side of Everything, What do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers have in Common?, How is the Ku Klux Klan like a Group of Real Estate Agents?, Why do Drug Dealers Still Live with their Moms?, Where have all the Criminals Gone?, What Makes a Perfect Parent?, Perfect Parenting II; or; …
review by . March 31, 2009
freakonomics is a great book
Excellent book that presents fascinating new ways to think about everyday life processes, happenings, and phenomena. Levitt applies economic theory to diverse subjects not usually covered by "traditional" economists.
review by . October 01, 2008
Author Steven Levitt is a recently graduated chef from the Culinary Institute of Elitist Capitalism, AKA The University of Chicago. Freakonomics is a kind of nouvelle cuisine version of economic modeling and game-theory as practiced by the disciples of Milty Friedman, but rather little of the book is spent on economic recipes per se, once the basic assertion has been made that "incentives' are the yeast that cause all human behavior to rise. Rather, Levitt puts everything from soup kitchens to swimming …
review by . October 23, 2007
I'm not a quant jock - the kind of person who looks at the world through a spreadsheet. However, Freakonomics sheds light on some compelling topics, and backs up their points with equally compelling data.    Do sumo wrestlers and public school teachers cheat? Read the book and find out.    This is a gripping read, cover to cover. Well written, and well edited. This is a book you keep on your "favorites" shelf in the bookcase, and a book you buy for close friends …
review by . August 19, 2007
With Freakonomics, economist Steven Levitt and NY Times writer Stephen Dubner have accomplished something that I have long thought impossible: writing a book based on economics that is fun to read. But, of course, that may be because the book is relatively light on economic theory and could be more properly called a sociology book except for the authors' main point that life revolves around "self-interest."    Most of us, if we wonder at all about the trends and behavior that …
review by . February 27, 2006
One of the advantages of being a hausfrau and mom is that I am in an excellent position to spot pabulum. It is thus, from this elevated position, that I am able to say that `Freakonomics' is such a product --well masticated, massaged and ready for the public.    It is a breezy, easy read and the sort of 'brain candy' that I occasional read to throw myself into sharp relief after having read too many `Thomas the Tank Engine' stories.    That said, while it …
review by . February 18, 2006
First of all- as many have already mentioned- do not pay $25 for this book. It can be read very quickly at the local Library. I believe that many people would enjoy "Freakonomics" and should read it... but buying it may be a different story.    Now that I have passed on that disclaimer - on to the review!    Freakonomics is more than a little misnomer - There is very little Economics involved (if any?). Almost all of what is discussed is actually Sociology …
review by . January 02, 2006
I received this book as a Christmas gift. Glad I didn't have to pay for it. While it was slightly entertaining, some of the authors connections didn't seem to make sense. I did get the feeling that the author believes he is the smartest guy in the room. Its not often that you see a book that has glowing reviews about the author at the beginning of each chapter.    If you can borrow it from the library or a friend, great. If not, wait till it hits the discount rack. It was ok, …
review by . October 31, 2005
There's been a run of pop-science books lately which attempt to explain the mysteries of life in easy-to-understand terms. Nearly all that I've seen are ignorance talking to ignorance. "Freakonomics" is the exception.     While Steven D. Levitt is an economist, He doesn't cloak his profession with murky terms and obscure mathematics. Rather he looks at economics as a way to explain how the world works. And he and co-author Stephen J. Dubner are quite successful at this.     …
review by . August 10, 2005
Hmmm. A very *interesting* (in the sense of the Middle Eastern curse) kettle of fish.    I'm not sure what co-author Dubner's role is here - either to act as an alter ego for Levitt, allowing reproduction of fawning extracts from various newspaper articles written about Levitt throughout the book (as sole author Levitt wouldn't be able to get away with this without heaping hubris on his head), or perhaps to take the material he had from his original article and pad it out into …
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