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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything is the result of the joint collaboration of an economist who thinks out of the box, and an award-winning journalist and author, and their combined perception of the complex world of economics, written in an unconventional and witty manner.

Summary Of The Book

Through a consolidation of articles based on economics, the authors illustrate an unconventional premise about the subject - that economics is, in theory, the study of incentives. Although this work of nonfiction is not based purely on economics, it assesses the various facets of the topic and provides some contemporary and offbeat theories.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything is broadly divided into six chapters, through which the authors try to unveil the obscure aspects of almost everything under the sun - from how cheating has pervaded into most professions, to the Ku Klux Klan, the functioning of a crack gang, nominative determinism and so much more. Ordinary aspects of our world have been scrutinized by the authors and relayed in a manner bound to shift paradigms and open your eyes to view the same things very differently.

Through these questions, ponderings, and perusals, the authors try to pass on the message that nothing in the world, no matter how complex, is unfathomable, just as long as you ask the right questions. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side Of Everything was initially published in 2005, and by 2009 it had sold over four million copies all over the world. It secured second place on the The New York Times Bestsellers List, and was named Book Sense Book of the Year in the Adult Nonfiction category in 2006.

About The Authors

Steven D. Levitt, born in 1967, is an American Professor, author and economist.

Levitt has co-authored its sequel, SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance.

Levitt procured his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University in 1989, and proceeded to complete his doctorate in Economics in 1994 from MIT. He is currently employed at the University of Chicago as the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor, and is also the current Director of The Becker Center on Price Theory. Levitt also featured on Time Magazine's list of 100 People Who Shape Our World in 2006, and won the John Bates Clark Medal in 2003. He is a founding partner of a consulting firm named The Greatest Good. He currently resides in Chicago with his wife, Jeannette, and their four children.

Stephen J. Dubner, born in 1963, is an American author, radio and TV personality and journalist.

He has authored Choosing My Religion: A Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief, Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, and The Boy With Two Belly Buttons.

While studying for a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Columbia University, he taught English there alongside. His work has been published in renowned publications like The New Yorker and The New York Times, and he has been variegated in The Best American Crime Writing. Dubner is also the recipient of the prestigious Quill award. He currently resides in New York with his wife, Ellen Binder-Dubner, and their two children.

Specifications of Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (English) (Paperback)

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Authored By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Book Details
Publisher HarperCollins Publisher
Publication Year 2010
ISBN-13 9780061956270
ISBN-10 0061956279
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 315 Pages
Dimensions
Width 4 inch
Height 7 inch
Depth 1 inch
Weight 163 g
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22 Apr 2012
Unconventional but interesting

???What is the similarity between real-estate agents and sumo wrestlers???; ???Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers???; ???What is the similarity between the KuKluxKlan and the crack agents??? ??? these questions sound intriguing, don???t they?

Levitt, a renowned (and rather unconventional) economist, in this book, has tried to unravel all these and many more mysteries through economic tools. He relies more on proven data rather than on people???s opinion. In the book he presents some truly incredulous facts. Who would have thought that the dip in the crime rate in the 90???s...
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???What is the similarity between real-estate agents and sumo wrestlers???; ???Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers???; ???What is the similarity between the KuKluxKlan and the crack agents??? ??? these questions sound intriguing, don???t they?

Levitt, a renowned (and rather unconventional) economist, in this book, has tried to unravel all these and many more mysteries through economic tools. He relies more on proven data rather than on people???s opinion. In the book he presents some truly incredulous facts. Who would have thought that the dip in the crime rate in the 90???s...
???What is the similarity between real-estate agents and sumo wrestlers???; ???Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers???; ???What is the similarity between the KuKluxKlan and the crack agents??? ??? these questions sound intriguing, don???t they?

Levitt, a renowned (and rather unconventional) economist, in this book, has tried to unravel all these and many more mysteries through economic tools. He relies more on proven data rather than on people???s opinion. In the book he presents some truly incredulous facts. Who would have thought that the dip in the crime rate in the 90???s in the US was mainly due to legalized abortion rather than innovative police strategies? Similarly, the crack dealing business isn???t as lucrative as it seems from outside. Most crack dealers only make like 3.5$ per hour. The author has accentuated the importance of incentives, information asymmetry, and conventional wisdom throughout the text.

Language is extremely lucid and the writing style of Dubner grips the reader to the book. An awesome read!

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26 Dec 2012
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Good reading

I really liked it. But I am a student of economics and see the inter connections between various things myself.

For other it might look like bunch of oped columns put together to tell the author's findings and conclusions of his academic research.

Some of his methodologies are not as novel, but clearly credit should go to his observation skills.

I liked the part when he said entering your own data gives you a better understanding of data. It is partly true, but as an auditor, I find that if you spend enough time with any data you will find the patterns you do not actually have to enter...
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I really liked it. But I am a student of economics and see the inter connections between various things myself.

For other it might look like bunch of oped columns put together to tell the author's findings and conclusions of his academic research.

Some of his methodologies are not as novel, but clearly credit should go to his observation skills.

I liked the part when he said entering your own data gives you a better understanding of data. It is partly true, but as an auditor, I find that if you spend enough time with any data you will find the patterns you do not actually have to enter...
I really liked it. But I am a student of economics and see the inter connections between various things myself.

For other it might look like bunch of oped columns put together to tell the author's findings and conclusions of his academic research.

Some of his methodologies are not as novel, but clearly credit should go to his observation skills.

I liked the part when he said entering your own data gives you a better understanding of data. It is partly true, but as an auditor, I find that if you spend enough time with any data you will find the patterns you do not actually have to enter the data yourself.

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28 Nov 2011
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Da Vinci Code of Economics

I do not want to go into a lot of details of the book, I know I will not be able to do justice to that. So all I want to say is that if Dan Brown has made you come to the edge of your seats with his high drama, close to reality thriller, Steven and Stephen have done something very similar with Freakonomics. An economic thriller, every chapter has got the resonance of brilliance and it will not take very long before this particular book becomes as thrilling as any fictional book. A must read for everyone who understand and are interested to know about stuff that is out of the box. This read... ()

I do not want to go into a lot of details of the book, I know I will not be able to do justice to that. So all I want to say is that if Dan Brown has made you come to the edge of your seats with his high drama, close to reality thriller, Steven and Stephen have done something very similar with Freakonomics. An economic thriller, every chapter has got the resonance of brilliance and it will not take very long before this particular book becomes as thrilling as any fictional book. A must read for everyone who understand and are interested to know about stuff that is out of the box. This read...
I do not want to go into a lot of details of the book, I know I will not be able to do justice to that. So all I want to say is that if Dan Brown has made you come to the edge of your seats with his high drama, close to reality thriller, Steven and Stephen have done something very similar with Freakonomics. An economic thriller, every chapter has got the resonance of brilliance and it will not take very long before this particular book becomes as thrilling as any fictional book. A must read for everyone who understand and are interested to know about stuff that is out of the box. This read will be difficult for ppl whose understanding of basic economics is shaky like incentives, demand supply etc..

0 of 2 users found this review helpful.
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20 Nov 2012
Makes a very good read

It definitely helps you see things differently. The language is simple and the content has been presented in a very neat way, makes a very quick read while allowing you to develop a bent of mind that helps you look at things from different angles. I felt it was a very gripping book. Helps you understand self-interest, incentives and motivation among other things. It is also a myth-buster and a good presentation of case studies. Overall, a very good read.

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27 Nov 2012
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Good Book

The book 4/5 All the chapters except the last two are very interesting...were very good because they were deep and really showed the hidden side of things....
Last two chapters are about american names so i didnt find them interesting( i think our Indian audience wont find these two chapters inking American names to success interesting)
flipkart delivery 4/5 took them 4 days to deliver here in bhubaneswar
overall a very good book and worth reading :)

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