Tuesday, July 05, 2005

A Book You Should Read

It's called Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner.

I'll write more, but I'm putting the information here because I have to give the book back today.


Blogger Mum said...

This is a good book. It is currently on the best-seller list of The Washington Post. I bought it yesterday afternoon and read it last night.

It explores lots of issues, including what aspects of parental influence create an atmosphere for success, how a child's name predicts academic success or difficulties, and cheating by various groups of people including business employees, teachers, sumo wrestlers, and ice skating judges.

It also explains why most drug dealers still live with their mamas, how the Ku Klux Klan operates, and why the crime rate in America took a nose-dive after big predictions of an increasing crime-wave.

I wouldn't ordinarily choose to read a book about "economics," but this book shows how numbers from investigative studies can be used to find answers to very intriguing questions. The authors show that economics is basically a "study of incentives--how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing."

Here's an indicator of how interesting this book is--every copy in every public library in my county was checked out! I wonder if that could be said for ANY other books on "economics."

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