Selected Books - Freakonomics

Type : ECES News

Overview: 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 turn conventional wisdom on its head. 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 mothers? How much do parents really matter? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime? Freakonomics is a ground-breaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They begin with a mountain of data and a simple, unasked question. Some of these questions concern issues of life-or-death; others have an admittedly freakish quality, thus the new field of study contained in this book: Freakonomics. Issued in: 2004