Book review: Freakonomics

January 9, 2009

Title: Freakonomics
Author: Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Pages: 284

One of the authors (Levitt) is a talented economist and the other (Dubner) is a journalist. They met when Dubner profiled Levitt in an article for the New York Times.

Each chapter in Freakonomics is an answer to amusing questions like “Why do drug dealers live with their mothers?” and “What do estate agents and the Ku Klux Klan have in common?”.

Levitt uses statistical methods to arrive at interesting conclusions that sometimes go against “conventional wisdom”. Although there is on unifying theme in the book it will teach you to assume nothing and question everything.


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