Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything (#14295T4)

by Levitt, Steven D

8 reviews & awards | 4 full-text reviews

Hardcover William Morrow, 2006
Price: USD 26.90
Description: xv, 320 pages ; 24 cm
Dewey: 330; Int Lvl: AD
AR 9.2 UG 16 147781EN


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Includes bibliographical references and index. The authors explore the economics of real-world issues often viewed as insignificant, such as the extent to which the Roe v. Wade decision affected violent crime, and examine hidden incentives behind all sorts of human behavior.

Product Details
  • Publisher: William Morrow
  • Publication Date: October 17, 2006
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st ed., Rev. and expanded ed.
  • Dewey: 330
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: xv, 320 pages ; 24 cm
  • Tracings: Dubner, Stephen J.
  • ISBN-10: 0-06-123400-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-06-123400-2
  • Follett Number: 14295T4
  • Catalog Number: 0061234001
  • Interest Level: AD
  • ATOS Book Level: 9.2
  • AR Interest Level: UG
  • AR Points: 16
  • AR Quiz: 147781EN

Reviews & Awards
  • Booklist, 05/15/05
  • Choice, 11/01/05
  • Kirkus Reviews, 03/15/05
  • Library Journal, 05/01/05
  • New York Times, 05/15/05
  • Publishers Weekly, 03/14/05
  • Publishers Weekly starred, 03/14/05
  • Reference and Research Book News, 08/01/05

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (May 15, 2005 (Vol. 101, No. 18))
Award-winning economist Levitt and journalist Dubner join forces to strip a layer or two from the surface of modern life and see what is happening underneath. The authors'worldview as they explore the hidden side of many issues is based on a few fundamentals--among them, incentives are the cornerstone of modern life, and conventional wisdom is often wrong. They look at many different scenarios in a treasure-hunt approach, employing the best economic analytical tools but also following any freakish curiosities that they encounter--hence the study of Freakonomics. They evaluate intriguing questions such as "What do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?""How is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real Estate Agents?""Where Have All the Criminals Gone?"and "What Makes a Perfect Parent?"We are counseled to think sensibly about how people behave in the real world and to ask a lot of questions. This excellent, readable book will enlighten many library patrons.

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