Superfreakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

Superfreakonomics

By Stephen J. Dubner & Steven D. Levitt

  • Release Date: 2010-06-24
  • Genre: Economics
Score: 4
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Description

Steven Levitt, the original rogue economist, and Stephen Dubner have spent four years uncovering the hidden side of even more controversial subjects, from terrorism to shark attacks, cable TV to hurricanes. The result is Superfreakonomics. It reveals, among other things:

- Why you are more likely to be killed walking drunk than driving drunk
- How a prostitute is more likely to sleep with a policeman than be arrested by one
- Why terrorists might be easier to track down than you would imagine
- How a sex change could boost your salary

Because sometimes the most superfreaky solution is the simplest.

Reviews

  • An opinion

    4
    By Duggsy
    I know that a 15 year old student does not offer such a prevalent opinion but, this is my view: This book offers a sight into microeconomics. It does not offer the attraction of mainstream economics but the insights that it gives are fascinating. The book definitely gives me an advantage in life with the chapter on simple solutions being the most helpful. I would recommend this book to everyone especially students working on an economics for A-level or even at university level.
  • Diminishing returns?

    3
    By Matthew Blake
    I have to agree with the previous reviewers; Superfreakonomics is principally a quick train read or a pick-up put-down holiday special. The problem, I think, lies with the genre itself: any new book tackling the subject of applied behavioural economics is treading an already well-worn path; think "The Undercover Economist" or even the original Freakonomics. New or casual non-fiction readers will no doubt enjoy this book.
  • Super? Not especially

    3
    By Quantum Boffin
    Part of the charm of the first book was that it not only contained many interesting facts but was also revelationary, giving you a deeper insight into the motivations behind those facts. The book left you feeling you had a deeper grasp of not only economics but also life in general. Whilst this book introducing many new interesting topics and facts, it lacks the deeper insight given by it's predecessor and hence, ultimately, is a disappointment.
  • NonLooFiction

    3
    By Casius Cow
    Explicitly without thesis, they string together facts, observations, and hypotheses, proving nothing but easily able to tickle a less rigorous brain. Take it to the toilet or the tube, have a gee whiz moment while you wait. Move on, and likely as not forget what you've read. Maybe it will bubble up so you can burp it out at the next party. Fast food for the non fiction soul.

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