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Xavier Baquero 10-0126 Human Resources Management Professor Howard Shindell Tuesday, February 9 th , 2010 Freakonomics: Book Report It took two men to develop a book, which prompted a global revolution toward the view of business and economics, the same book “sold more than 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone on 2005.” 1 With the twisted and ludicrous ideas of Steven Levitt to analyze economics, and the superb writing skills that Steve J. Dubner has to transmit Levitt’s knowledge, they have managed to publish Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything on April, 2005. “Levitt is an American economist, best known for his work on crime, in particular on the link between legalized abortion and crime rates, of course, before Freakonomics. He received his B.A. from Harvard University, his Ph.D. from M.I.T., and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1997. In 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of 40, and on 2006 he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.” 2 Dubner on the other hand “is an award-winning author and journalist, he studied at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. He has been an editor and writer at New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Time, The Washington Post to name a few. In addition they have a popular website, www.freakonomics.com , which has been called "the 1 Dubner, Stephen J. "Stephen J. Dubner." Stephen J. Dubner. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2010. <http://stephenjdubner.com/bio.html>. 2 Dubner, Steven J. "About the Authors." Freakonomics Book. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Feb. 2010. <http://freakonomicsbook.com/freakonomics/about-the-authors/>. 1
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most readable economics blog in the universe." 1 After Freakonomics, the duo published SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance the sequel, published on October, 2009. 3 At the beginning of the book Levitt and Dubner introduce some of the topics and questions that will be presented and asked respectively throughout the lecture, and that will be taken to a full economic analysis. “What this book is about is stripping a layer or two from the surface of modern life and seeing what is happening underneath.” 4 This is the conception and purpose of Freakonomics, where they explain the readers the relationship between Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers or the Klux Klux Klan and Real-Estate agents. A sense of security is noticed by Levitt
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