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Unformatted text preview: FREAKONOMICS A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner CONTENTS A N E XPLANATORY N OTE In which the origins of this book are clarified. I NTRODUCTION : The Hidden Side of Everything In which the books central idea is set forth: namely, if morality represents how people would like the world to work, then economics shows how it actually does work. Why the conventional wisdom is so often wrongHow expertsfrom criminologists to real-estate agents to political scientistsbend the factsWhy knowing what to measure, and how to measure it, is the key to understanding modern lifeWhat is freakonomics, anyway? 1. What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common? In which we explore the beauty of incentives, as well as their dark side cheating. Who cheats? Just about everyoneHow cheaters cheat, and how to catch themStories from an Israeli day-care centerThe sudden disappearance of seven million American childrenCheating schoolteachers in ChicagoWhy cheating to lose is worse than cheating to winCould sumo wrestling, the national sport of Japan, be corrupt?What the Bagel Man saw: mankind may be more honest than we think. 2. How Is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real-Estate Agents? In which it is argued that nothing is more powerful than information, especially when its power is abused. Going undercover in the Ku Klux KlanWhy experts of every kind are in the perfect position to exploit youThe antidote to information abuse: the InternetWhy a new car is suddenly worth so much less the moment it leaves the lotBreaking the real-estate agent code: what well maintained really meansIs Trent Lott more racist than the average Weakest Link contestant?What do online daters lie about? 3. Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live with Their Moms? In which the conventional wisdom is often found to be a web of fabrication, self- interest, and convenience. Why experts routinely make up statistics; the invention of chronic halitosisHow to ask a good questionSudhir Venkateshs long, strange trip into the crack denLife is a tournamentWhy prostitutes earn more than architectsWhat a drug dealer, a high-school quarterback, and an editorial assistant have in commonHow the invention of crack cocaine mirrored the invention of nylon stockingsWas crack the worst thing to hit black Americans since Jim Crow? 4. Where Have All the Criminals Gone? In which the facts of crime are sorted out from the fictions. What Nicolae Ceau?escu learnedthe hard wayabout abortionWhy the 1960s were a great time to be a criminalThink the roaring 1990s economy put a crimp on crime? Think againWhy capital punishment doesnt deter criminalsDo police actually lower crime rates?Prisons, prisons everywhereSeeing through the New York City police miracleWhat is a gun, really?Why early crack dealers were like Microsoft millionaires and later gun, really?...
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