Excerpt from Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, plus links to reviews, writer biography & more
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Concerning this Book
- Reading Guide
This guide, then, happens to be written from an extremely certain worldview, predicated on a few fundamental tips:
Incentives would be the foundation of contemporary life. And understanding them — or, frequently, ferreting them away — is key to solving virtually any riddle, from violent criminal activity to activities cheating to online dating sites.
The old-fashioned knowledge is usually incorrect. Criminal activity did not keep soaring, cash alone does not win elections, and — shock — drinking eight cups of water a has never actually been shown to do a thing for your health day. Traditional knowledge is actually shoddily created and devilishly difficult to overturn, however it can be achieved.
Dramatic results frequently have remote, also simple, causes. The response to a offered riddle isn’t constantly appropriate in the front of you. Norma McCorvey had a lot better affect criminal activity than did the combined forces of weapon control, a very good economy, and revolutionary authorities techniques. Therefore did, once we shall see, a person known as Oscar Danilo Blandon, aka the Johnny Appleseed of Crack.
“Specialists” — from criminologists to real-estate agents — utilize their advantage that is informational to their very own agenda beautifulpeople.