The reason I do like this book is simple: the best economics is all about practical theory and applications, the original economists were trying to solve very simple problem such as how to keep people from abusing the common, is there enough food to go around, etc. This book gives a view rarely seen by most people. The amount of insights and information (from different fields) you get exposed to is incredible. This book only serves to enable those that are still holding on to the hope that they are not responsible and don't have change as they feed their greed and addiction to over-consumption. Listen ... if you want an economist's view of how our society — not our flailing-in-the-wind economy — works. Pimps versus real-estate agents? Most chapters contain something wrong and/or harmful. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S. For example, if sex-selected abortion and female infanticide in traditional societies have created shortages of females, might not the value of young ladies increase at marraige time, thus reducing the need for dowries?

Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning journalist and radio and TV personality, has worked for the New York Times and published three non-Freakonomics books. Interesting and such a fun book, but surely you don't believe everything you read ? If you can get past these issues the book is a lot of fun to read. I enjoyed the original, which, if memory serves had much more cohesive chapters around specific theses. The reason for this is that their last book introduced me to the whole field of behavioural economics and one is always fond of books that introduce entire new fields. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. The book brought the unconventional connection that abortion actually leads to a decrease in crime. and then these guys got derailed, in a very sad, strange and self-defeating way. It was like sitting down with a superb raconteur, and hearing story after story of amazing and extraordinary events. I loved "Freakonomics" when that came out, and was really pumped when a sequel was announced. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Once again, Steven and Stephen have provided food for thought in the form of odd but illuminating juxtapositions and intentionally provocative questions. For a detailed critique, I'd recommend: All the chapters in this book start with 'How is' and then two subjects are compared or contrasted, so in this spirit I ask. I learned about the "bystander effect" in my entry-level under-grad psychology course; it was a fact, a given, in my study of basic group dynamics. But yes, it is! Some level of taking things on faith is necessary to function in the world, but it certainly makes me more skeptical of those who purport to have the single correct scientific interpretation of any set of data or events. ** spoiler alert ** Superfreakanomics is another great book by Steven Levitt. An interesting dog's breakfast of apparently unrelated essays supposedly on microeconomics, though the chapter on global warming ended up almost entirely on "global" issues. The sections on prostitutes and terrorists are as boring as anything about prostitutes or terrorists can be, and certainly not as interesting as the gang culture investigation, or the crime vs abortions parts of the first book. do I have to read the first one to understand this one or can I read in any order I want? SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance. and after i picked my jaw up off the floor - because i mean talk about unintended consequences - i listened to them list there reasons why this would be a good idea and why other people (you know actual climate scientist, as opposed to inventors and economists) were afraid of this idea because of some ingrained dogma. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Some of their facts seem obvious, while others range from astonishing, to thought-provoking, to trivial. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. coming from a research background heavy in statistics, I immediately recognized the interpretive errors contained in Freakenomics. Once again, statistics is used to over-rule proper research design and the requirement of all good research to provide support from literature reviews based on quality methods was ignored.

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