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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachersand sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortionaffect the rate of 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 riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this audiobook: Freakonomics.

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 explore the hidden side of . . . well, everything. The inner working of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The secrets of the Klu Klux Klan.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking, and Freakonomics will redefine the way we view the modern world.

Synopsis:

Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool?
What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
How much do parents really matter?

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.

Synopsis:

This newly revised edition of the "New York Times" bestseller offers a view of how the world really works, from two of today's most original thinkers. Unabridged. 7 CDs.

About the Author

Steven D. Levitt teaches economics at the University of Chicago; he recently received the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded every two years to the best American economist under forty.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061238536
Author:
Levitt, Steven D
Publisher:
HarperAu
Read by:
Dubner, Stephen J.
Read:
Dubner, Stephen J.
Author:
Levitt, Steven D.
Author:
Dubner, Stephen J.
Author:
Dubner Stephen J.
Author:
by Steven D. Levitt
Subject:
General
Subject:
Economics
Subject:
Psychological aspects
Subject:
Economics - Theory
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Economics -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Economics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Audio
Publication Date:
20061017
Binding:
CD-audio
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Dimensions:
5.90x5.25x1.57 in. .54 lbs.
Media Run Time:
480

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"Synopsis" by ,

Which is more dangerous: a gun or a swimming pool?
What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
How much do parents really matter?

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.

"Synopsis" by , This newly revised edition of the "New York Times" bestseller offers a view of how the world really works, from two of today's most original thinkers. Unabridged. 7 CDs.
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