Freakonomics

Freakonomics

Synopsis

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on 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 regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: 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 set out to explore the hidden side of ... well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The secrets of the Ku 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. Steven Levitt, through devilishly clever and clear-eyed thinking, shows how to see through all the clutter.

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Chapters

  • Chapter 001
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 002
    Duration: 01min
  • Chapter 003
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 004
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 005
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 006
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 007
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 008
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 009
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 010
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 011
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 012
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 013
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 014
    Duration: 07min
  • Chapter 015
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 016
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 017
    Duration: 06min
  • Chapter 018
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 019
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 020
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 021
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 022
    Duration: 14min
  • Chapter 023
    Duration: 08min
  • Chapter 024
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 025
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 026
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 027
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 028
    Duration: 12min
  • Chapter 029
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 030
    Duration: 15min
  • Chapter 031
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 032
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 033
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 034
    Duration: 09min
  • Chapter 035
    Duration: 10min
  • Chapter 036
    Duration: 11min
  • Chapter 037
    Duration: 13min
  • Chapter 038
    Duration: 25s
  • sample-370
    Duration: 01min

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