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Freakonomics by Levitt et al.

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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. A part of the book discusses the increase in police per
capita as a causal factor in decreased crime. The authors even
suggest that abortions have had a part in decreased crime due to
unwanted pregnancies. Some of these inferences may or may not
be true ; however, there is no particular statistical
inference encapsuled in a "confidence interval" to support
the conclusions discussed. A section of the book discusses the
banning of abortion in Romania by Ceausescu with an immediate
doubling of the birthrate within a year of the abortion ban.
The work references popular names in the 21st century. i.e.
Aidan, Beckett, Finnegan and Will. (to list just a few)

Freakonomics is a curiosity which will be debated by a wide constituency of policymakers, academicians and the
general public at large. The contents provide unconventional
thought. This work is an amalgum of economics,public policy,
sociology, mathematical inference and a whole host of other
subjects too numerous to list here. The conclusions reached
could be researched further in about a dozen or so doctoral
theses because the subject matter contains so many complexities.
The volume would be a good starting point for any student project
in sociology, economics , public policy or mathematical inference. The presentation is clear and the price is reasonable.
Freakonomics is an attempt by the authors to explain the social
sciences in an integrative or interdisciplinary manner. Few
books on the market will accomplish this task substantively.
The authors make some considerable generalizations in spots
without the benefit of authoritative supporting data. Overall,
the work challenges our view of society by casting phenomena
into an interdisciplinary panorama . Readers of the book must be
careful in arriving at conclusions based upon associative characteristics and phenomena without the supportive case studies and statistical analysis to prove the assertions made.

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Fun and unique, kind of intellectual too
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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!
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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 that economics is dull, or that economists are concerned only with finance itself, Steven D. Levitt will change some minds. InFreakonomics(written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don't need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship. Elsewhere, by analyzing data gathered from inner-city Chicago drug-dealing gangs, Levitt outlines a corporate structure much like McDonald's, where the top bosses make great money while scores of underlings make something below minimum wage. And in a section that may alarm or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that parenting methods don't really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun. These enlightening chapters are separated by effusive passages from Dubner's 2003 profile of Levitt inThe New York Times Magazine, which led to the book being written. In a book filled with bold ...
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ISBN-10: 0061234001
ISBN-13: 978-0061234002
Author: Steven D. Levitt
Genre: Business & Investing, Entertainment, Science
Publisher: William Morrow
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