Freakonomics | Study Guide

Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

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Overview

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Author

Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Year Published

2005

Type

Nonfiction

Genre

Economics

At a Glance

Although economics has long been defined as "the study of creating, using, and transferring wealth," its principles apply to a variety of questions regarding the workings and power of incentives, or items that inspire particular human actions. From why sumo wrestlers or teachers may cheat to how much parents influence their children's lives, the authors show how incentives play surprising and nuanced roles in people's lives. The authors also focus on conventional wisdom and causal relations, both of which may surprise readers with regard to error and the distances between seeming causes and effects.

About the Title

The title Freakonomics is a combination of the words freak and economics. Because the book offers a close look at subject areas outside the usual purview of economics, the title indicates readers will be getting an unusual glimpse at a different side of these topics. The subtitle A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything further indicates the book will examine how economic theory shows up in unlikely areas.

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