Freakonomics

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141928735

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Cult bestseller, new buzz word... Freakonomics is at the heart of everything we see and do and the subjects that bedevil us daily: from parenting to crime, sport to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. Asking provocative and profound questions about human motivation and contemporary living and reaching some astonishing conclusions, Freakonomics will make you see the familiar world through a completely original lens.
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Freakonomics

Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061956279

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Which is more 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? 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 surfeit of obfuscation, complication, and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and-; if the right questions are asked-; is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Steven Levitt, through devilishly clever and clear-eyed thinking, shows how to seethrough all the clutter. Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.
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Freakonomics

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Economics

Page: 242

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Modern life can be baffling and chaotic. Is there any way of making sense of it? The answer, explains groundbreaking thinker Steven Levitt, lies in economics. Not ordinary economics, but freakonomics. It is at the heart of everything we see and do and the subjects that bedevil us daily: from parenting to crime, sport to politics, fat to cheating, fear to traffic jams. away the jargon and calculations of the experts' to explore the riddles of everyday life and examine topics such as: how chips are more likely to kill you than murder or a terrorist attack; why sportsmen cheat and how fraud can be spotted; why violent crime can be linked not to gun laws, policing or poverty, but to abortion; why a road is more efficient when everyone travels at 20mph; how the name you give your child can give them an advantage in later life; and what really causes obesity epidemics. Ultimately, he shows us that economics is all about how people get what they want, and what makes them do it. contemporary living and reaching some astonishing conclusions, Freakonomics will make you see the familiar world through a completely original lens.
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Freakonomics Intl

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Author: Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner

Publisher: William Morrow

ISBN: 9780061131325

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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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. Book jacket.
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Summary to Quickly Read Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt

Author: Zane Rozzi

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781688130043

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This summary is a separate companion to Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner. Economics is essentially a system of competing incentives. How do individual people get what they want when everyone else is competing for the same thing? Learn how all behaviour is a result of incentives. To change behaviour, you must change the incentives. Learn how unscrupulous salespeople use the power of our fears to upsell us or make us buy things we don't actually need. Summary Table of Contents: Economic Incentives Social Incentives Moral Incentives The Most Effective Way to Influence People's Behaviour All Changes in Behaviour Are the Result of Incentives People Could React Differently to the Same Incentives on Different Occasions Finding the Right Incentives is Complicated When Events Happen Together, People Jump to Conclusions about Cause and Effect The Most Persuasive Fears Are Those Which Are Easiest to Visualize and Most Severe Lack of Control Increases Fear Experts Can Exploit Laypeople Using Their Information Advantage Experts Can Exploit People Using Fear to Upsell Them Do Your Research to Avoid Being Taken Advantage Of When Information Is Not Given, People Assume the Worst Please note: This is a separate companion summary of the most important ideas from the book - not the original full-length book.
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Summary of Steven D. Levitt’s Freakonomics by Milkyway Media

Author: Milkyway Media

Publisher: Milkyway Media

ISBN: N.A

Category: Study Aids

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (2005) details the unexpected ways that moral, social, and economic incentives influence social outcomes. Incentives are factors that influence the choices an individual or group makes; a driver is incentivized to keep the speed limit, for example, by the desire to avoid getting a speeding ticket... Purchase this in-depth summary to learn more.
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Book Review: Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

Challenging conventional wisdom and finding counterintuitive conclusions

Author: 50MINUTES.COM,

Publisher: 50Minutes.com

ISBN: 2808016948

Category: Study Aids

Page: 44

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It can be hard for busy professionals to find the time to read the latest books. Stay up to date in a fraction of the time with this concise guide. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything is an engaging, thought-provoking look at the behaviour and phenomena we see around us every day. Its authors seek to apply the analytical tools of economics to a host of curiosities to answer questions as diverse as whether your estate agent might be lying to you and when it is in schoolteachers’ best interests to cheat. Their explanations often run counter to conventional wisdom and the explanations provided by academics and politicians, who all too often fail to distinguish between correlation and causation and miss the deeper, hidden causes behind events. Freakonomics is a worldwide publishing phenomenon, with translations into some 35 languages and over four million copies sold worldwide to date. This book review and analysis is perfect for: • Students of economics • Anyone with an interest in microeconomics and economic theory • Anyone who wants to understand the hidden factors that shape our lives and decisions About 50MINUTES.COM | BOOK REVIEW The Book Review series from the 50Minutes collection is aimed at anyone who is looking to learn from experts in their field without spending hours reading endless pages of information. Our reviews present a concise summary of the main points of each book, as well as providing context, different perspectives and concrete examples to illustrate the key concepts.
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A Study Guide for Levitt & Dubner's "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything"

Author: Gale, Cengage Learning

Publisher: Gale, Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1410320928

Category: Literary Criticism

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A Study Guide for Levitt & Dubner's "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Literary News For Students.This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Literary News For Students for all of your research needs.
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