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.
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 … more
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!
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 ...