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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.

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In this paperback edition of the 2005 bestseller, Levitt (economics, U. of Chicago) and Dubner (former New York Times Magazine writer/editor) present unconventional ideas about how economic, social, and moral incentives affect real situations. These include what motivates teachers as well as sumo wrestlers to cheat, an association between abortions and reduced crime, and whether good parenting or genetics contributes more to child outcomes. This edition includes a Q&A section with the authors. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Jobenomics deals with the economics of job, wealth and revenue creation--the substance of which powers the US economy, sustains the American way of life, and secures US national sovereignty. Jobenomics, the book, focuses on the employed and jobs creation--the segment of our society that represents America’s economic engine.

 

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Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.

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Today, this engine has stalled. The decade of the 2000s lost one million American jobs, whereas the previous three decades averaged approximately 20 million new jobs per decade. If the next decade, the 2010s, generates only marginal jobs growth, the US economy could collapse under the weight of US debt and obligations. The US has several hundred trillions of dollars worth of debt, which it will not be able to pay if its workforce does not grow. The Jobenomics team is launching a national 20 by 20 campaign to create 20 million new US private sector jobs by 2020.  20 by 20 includes initiatives for government, large business, small and self-employed businesses, foreign investment in US businesses, and major emerging technology initiatives. Through Jobenomics, Americans will have common cause and resources to create jobs in order to build a more prosperous future.

About the Author

Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a recipient of the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to the most influential economist under the age of forty. He is also founder of The Greatest Good, a company that applies Freakonomic principles to philanthropy and business.

Table of Contents

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Part I: Employment versus Unemployment

Chapter 1:    Employment versus Unemployment Tyranny of Trillion$: Debtor Nation

Chapter 2:    Awash In Debt

Chapter 3:    National (Public) Debt

Chapter 4:    Private (Mortgage & Consumer) Debt

Chapter 5:     USG Bailouts, Pledges and Obligations    

Chapter 6:     Entitlement Programs

Chapter 7:     Derivatives: Exotic Financial Instruments

Chapter 8:    US Resources

Part 2: Recovery Scenarios

Chapter 9:     Economic Recovery Scenarios

Chapter 10:    V-Shaped Recovery and Jobs

Chapter 11:    W-Shaped Recoveries and Joblessness

Chapter 12:    Declining L-Shaped Recovery Forces and Factors Challenges, Issues and Indicators

Chapter 13:    Closing the Spending/Receipts Gap

Chapter 14:    Potential Second Residential Real Estate Crisis

Chapter 15:    The Markets

Chapter 16:    Inflation

Chapter 17:    US Treasuries and the Dollar

Chapter 18:    US Manufacturing & Emerging Markets

Chapter 19:    Corporate Recovery May Not Increase Jobs

Chapter 20:    Small Business Is The US Economic Backbone The Way Ahead: Jobs Creation

Chapter 21:    The 20 by 20 Jobs Creation Plan    

Chapter 22:    Energizing the Private Sector

Chapter 23:    Six Imperatives for Washington

Chapter 24:    The Austerity Contingency Plan

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GameGhanger, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by GameGhanger)
Excellent and funny!
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wurdnurd, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by wurdnurd)
Humorous, lively and well-paced, this book does to economics what Malcolm Gladwell did to marketing and sociology. While statistical data is used, it’s in a narrow and limited context, leaving the compelling arguments to the anecdotes and other anomalous evidence. This, in itself, isn’t a problem, as it makes for thoughtful reading. Especially glaring was the final chapter about race, parenting, and naming a child an obviously “black” name undermines that child’s potential success. Of course, the first thought is of a black boy born to an unmarried, itinerant mother, who named her little boy a “black” name: Barack Hussein Obama. Just a reminder that, while numbers may not lie, analyses and generalizations don’t always speak the truth.
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Kahuts, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Kahuts)
Freakonomics is a great book. It takes a look at a variety of societal events that on the surface appear to have nothing in common, but when inspected more closely you discover there is corelational evidence that things are more connected than we realize.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060731335
Author:
Levitt, Steven D
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
Dubner, Stephen J.
Author:
Levitt, Steven D.
Author:
Vollmer, Chuck
Subject:
General
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Probability & Statistics - General
Subject:
General Business & Economics
Subject:
Economics - General
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Trade PB
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P.S.
Publication Date:
20090931
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
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Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.41 in 24.40 oz

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"Synopsis" by , '\'\\\'

Jobenomics deals with the economics of job, wealth and revenue creation--the substance of which powers the US economy, sustains the American way of life, and secures US national sovereignty. Jobenomics, the book, focuses on the employed and jobs creation--the segment of our society that represents America’s economic engine.

 

\\\\n

\\\'\''

"Synopsis" by ,

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner offer the long-awaited paperback edition of Freakonomics, the runaway bestseller, including six Freakonomics columns from the New York Times Magazine and a Q & A with the authors.

"Synopsis" by ,

Today, this engine has stalled. The decade of the 2000s lost one million American jobs, whereas the previous three decades averaged approximately 20 million new jobs per decade. If the next decade, the 2010s, generates only marginal jobs growth, the US economy could collapse under the weight of US debt and obligations. The US has several hundred trillions of dollars worth of debt, which it will not be able to pay if its workforce does not grow. The Jobenomics team is launching a national 20 by 20 campaign to create 20 million new US private sector jobs by 2020.  20 by 20 includes initiatives for government, large business, small and self-employed businesses, foreign investment in US businesses, and major emerging technology initiatives. Through Jobenomics, Americans will have common cause and resources to create jobs in order to build a more prosperous future.

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