1/04/2008

Freakonomics


Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

This book has generated a lot of buzz and an Oprah guest shot , too. It's worth it. An economist explores societal issues ( crime, crack gangs, parenting, teachers and high stakes testing, real estate brokers ) from a microeconomics point of view ( supply and demand). The 1st steve is a young U of Chicago economics prof, the 2nd steve helped him write it in a snappy, easy to read story telling format. Compelling, I read the 200 pgs in 4 hours and could not put it down. Warning : the conclusions drawn are not "p.c". As the author says , morality represents the way people would like the world to work; economics represents the way it actually does work.
All boiled down : Be careful whom you marry, grasshopper. Choose wisely.

1 comment:

  1. I went to graduate school with one of the authors, Stephen Dubner. Don't we hate it when our friends become successful?

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