Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)

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? Freakonomics will literally redefine the way we view the modern world. These may not sound like typical questions for an econ Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do d...

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Title:Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1)
Author:Steven D. Levitt
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Freakonomics, #1) Reviews

  • Justin
    Jul 09, 2007
    I guess some people don't like this book because it's not centered around one theme. Instead, it's more about the seemingly diffuse academic work of one of the authors Steven D. Levitt (the other author is a journalist, Stephen J. Dubner). Levitt is something of an economist but more l...
  • Rachel
    Jul 09, 2007
    Sure, this book was a compelling read that offered us all some great amo for cocktail party conversation. But ultimately I think most of what Leavitt claims is crap. He dodges accoutability with the disclaimer about his book NOT being a scholarly work, but then goes on to drop stat...
  • Red
    Jun 12, 2011
    This book is little more than Stephen Dubner jerking off Steven Levitt, but that's not why it's a 1-star read. here's why: "Women's rights advocates... have hyped the incidence of sexual assault, claiming that one in three American women will in her lifetime be a victim of rape or a...
  • Bobscopatz
    Jul 16, 2007
    Yes, zero stars. There is one segment of this book that reports use of a dataset I know very well -- the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data. From what details they put into the book, it's fairly clear that the researchers did not research the reliability of the data elem...
  • Joe S
    Dec 28, 2007
    The most interesting part of this book was the introduction. Sad, but true. Four stars for presentation. The prose is nearly invisible, which I suppose in this genre is preferable to the alternative. And the content is mildly interesting, in a "Huh. Wouldja look at that" sort of way...
  • Jim
    Feb 23, 2008
    This was an interesting book. I say it was interesting because I started liking it (a lot) when I first read it, as time passed I liked it less and less. In that way I call it a candy book, tastes good at first but leaves you worse off for reading it. In my opinion, there are two p...
  • Jake
    Jul 09, 2008
    The Basics: Freakonomics isn?t really about any one thing, which makes it a bit hard to summarize. In essence, it?s economist Steven Levitt playing around with economic principles and basic statistical analysis to examine various cultural trends and phenomena. He tackles a varie...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Feb 04, 2011
    As the old joke goes, the questions in economics exams are the same every year; only the answers change. (re-reading in prep for the super-freaks) ...
  • Manny
    Dec 20, 2008
    I loved this book, though I think the title is a bit misleading. It's not really about economics. In fact, he's showing you what interesting things you can discover when you apply statistical analysis to problems where you wouldn't normally think of using it. I use statistical methods ...
  • Jennifer
    May 05, 2012
    Yeah, this isn't 'rogue economics'. This is sociology. It's not a new discipline. And this is really spurious sociology that wouldn't pass muster in academia, so Levitt published it for public consumption. ...
  • Michael
    Jul 20, 2015
    Verbose, repetitive, contradictory: a book of 200-pages that could be condensed to 3-5 pages. Titles that vary from scintillating to insulting, yet are followed by a chapter that doesn't support the title bar. Anecdotal stories, mistaken for data or hypothesis. Interpretations ...
  • Niadwynwen Koch
    Mar 31, 2015
    I found this audiobook unbearable. I turned it off halfway through and listened to the public radio pledge drive instead. ...
  • Shitikanth Kashyap
    Oct 23, 2012
    I could not finish this book. It made me cringe twice on each of the hundred odd pages that I did force myself to read. Would I recommend this book to you? If you don't know how people use statistics to detect fraud, go ahead and read this book. You will find it to be entertaining a...
  • Andrew Muckle
    Apr 01, 2011
    Jesus H Tittyfucking Christ on a bike! Could these two tossers be any more smarmy and self indulgent? Levitt and Dubner and probably the kind of smart arse nerds who snigger at you because you don't understand linux but sneer at you because you've actually spoken to a woman. This b...
  • Lyn
    Jul 18, 2011
    Freakonomics explores the hidden side of everything. If morality describes the ideal world, then economics describes the actual world. Further, Freakonomics studies incentives and how different people in different professions respond. Some of the case studies include bagel sale...
  • Sam
    Mar 02, 2012
    Sheer Rubbish. This is an awful book, yes I read the whole thing, like bitter medicine to a toddler, and had to see what the fuss was about. This Amazon review nails it. Here's my review/rant. I'm reading this is 2012, maybe the hype in 2005 was different and people ate this ki...
  • Natalie (weneedhunny)
    Dec 16, 2014
    The "experts are evil, have agendas, will trick you" talk got old real fast, especially when points are later being backed up with experts research. There's not enough discussion on the data itself, no distinction between quantitative and qualitative, and not enough discussion on the m...
  • ☘Misericordia☘  ✺❂❤❣
    Dec 25, 2016
    Extremely enlightening! Worthy of 15 stars out of 5! This is a book about the world and not about any science in particular. It's about learning to question the given and see beyond the obvious. An extremely useful gift in the misguiding modern world. Yeah, populistic much too much ...
  • Cate
    Jun 26, 2014
    In addition to allowing 1/2 stars, Goodreads really needs an "abandoned book" shelf. I had to abandon ship on this one, I guess I'm too liberal/free thinking/whateveryoucallit to think that teacher's unions are bad, and if only poor black women could get abortions we'd be safer afte...
  • Alena
    Mar 17, 2015
    Everything I hate about popular science - alternating between over-simplified, patronising, naive or simply annoying, but worst of all, blatantly refusing to take account of the political and social implications of its findings, and being proud of it. ...
  • Patrick
    Jun 02, 2013
    I went all Fahrenheit 451 on this one. ...
  • Erin Stephens
    Jul 21, 2015
    Honestly not something I would pick up if it wasn't for school. I didn't enjoy this book. It dragged on where it didn't need to and left me in the dust at times. Over all, don't read it unless you have to. ...
  • Lola
    Jun 30, 2018
    Interesting enough, but the exponential amount of data made it hard to remember what the initial claims of the economist were instead of reinforcing them, strangely! I did, however, learn from this book. It still amazes me that the way to reduce crime seems to be the legalization of ab...
  • Mohammed-Makram
    Feb 15, 2017
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  • Vadassery Rakesh
    May 03, 2015
    The apt name would have been F**konomics, for the book hovers around the passing of abortion bill in USA. How can somebody write a book of 200 pages out of nothing is a mystery to me. What intrigues me more is that many newspapers had wrote great things about this book, a perfect case ...
  • Peter Harrington
    Feb 03, 2015
    If I could give this book less then one star I would. I tried so very hard to finish reading this book full of BS facts but eventually got so tired of hearing things that just are not true but the author "claims" to be fact, that I quit reading it. I almost finished but couldn't do it ...
  • Cherie
    Oct 05, 2014
    This book is a good example of garbage in, garbage out. The demonstration of critical thinking is good on a superficial level. But that it where the good stuff ends. The background facts used to perform their logical analyses suffer from gaps in relevant facts to downright misinformati...
  • Sean Gunning
    Jan 27, 2015
    complete bollocks, un-referenced 'studies' being used to back up their meandering and un thought out claims. should've been able to tell by the cover what type of 'book' this was. ...
  • Cbzlqxw
    Sep 08, 2014
    Well,this is the most terrible book I have ever seen,it was too terrible to read.It?s so terrible that I just want to burn it as fast as I can,and it cost me 58RMB.That was 58RMB,it was to expensive for me to afford.At first.I thought it was a good book,and I spend all my money on th...
  • Cwn_annwn_13
    May 07, 2010
    I assumed Freakonomics would be a book that used statistics to debunk various societal hysterias and fearmongering in a semi-humorous way. I quickly realized what I was in for when early in the book when the authors gave their background as Harvard Jews and profiled a guy that infiltra...