Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

By Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

The long-awaited paperback edition of "Freakonomics" features a new Preface, additional material, and an exclusive Question-and-Answer section with authors Levitt and Dubner.


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Book Information

Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publish Date: 08/25/2009
Pages: 315
ISBN-13: 9780060731335
ISBN-10: 0060731338
Language: English

What We're Saying

November 20, 2009

Just yesterday, I already saw two “Best of the Decade” lists. I suppose I shouldn’t have been surprised as it is mid-November 2009, but for whatever reason, it seems the Millennium was just yesterday. One list was NPR. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

November 13, 2009

Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner, William Morrow & Company, 288 pages, $29. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

September 14, 2009

A few weeks ago, Fred Wilson from avc. com kicked up interest in books that entreprenuers should read. Fred, in particular, made the point that "there is way more insight to be gained from stories than from business books. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

January 14, 2010

In Pursuit of Elegance author Matthew May reads around 200 books a year. That means he's read approximately 2000 books since the year 2000. Of those, he has picked five that he feels defined the last decade, writing "these 'big idea' books stand out because not only did they help us better understand the world, they gave us a new lens through which to view it. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 14, 2011

One of the most fascinating trends to follow in business literature is the continual expansion of what a business book actually is. The parameters have widened significantly from the influential management and theory books of the 1980s. While there are still books made available each year on such practical matters as team building, developing a social media strategy, making a new hire, and sensible budgeting, there are also a great number of books that study decision-making from a neuroscience angle or theorize about how social and environmental influences affect human behavior. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 02, 2015

We conclude our series of looks "inside the longlist" with a look inside this year's Finance and Economics category. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 28, 2015

Sally reviews Richard Thaler's new book, Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 07, 2015

The Freakonomics phenomenon has brought a lot of lay readers to economic topics, particularly through its popular blog, the best of which is now a book! READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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Here's a first-year book that encourages critical thinking and sparks discussion. Freakonomics addresses current social questions that students will enjoy arguing about both in the classroom and over coffee in the student union:

- Which is more dangerous--a gun or a swimming?
- Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers?
- What makes a perfect parent?

These may not sound like typical questions an economist asks, but Levitt is not your typical economist. He studies the mysteries of everyday life--from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing--and his conclusions regularly turn conventional wisdom on its head, helping students develop a critical eye to many things that are presented as fact.

Freshman Common Read: Appalachian State University, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Louisville

--Philadelphia Daily News

About the Authors

Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given to the most influential American economist under forty. He is also a founder of The Greatest Good, which applies Freakonomics-style thinking to business and philanthropy.

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Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality. He quit his first career--as an almost rock star--to become a writer. He has since taught English at Columbia, worked for The New York Times, and published three non-Freakonomics books.

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