Owen Matthews Recommends Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Freakonomics is a great easy read. It challenges the reader to think differently, that the facts don’t always bear out your assumptions. Applying economic modelling to large non-economic data sets can yield some funny surprises.

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Levitt and Dubner collaborated on Freakonomics, a book that gives full play to Levitt’s most compelling ideas. Through forceful storytelling and sharp insight, it reminds us all that economics is, at its root, the study of incentives – how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. Among the questions it answers: Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? If drug dealers make so much money, why do they still live with their mothers? What makes a perfect parent? And, of course: What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?

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