Freakonomics

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Publisher: William Morrow

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Language: English | Number of Pages: 242 | Format: Others | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional , Chi simplified , Spanish , Portuguese , German , French , Italian , Swedish , Dutch

Isbn-10: 006073132X | Isbn-13: 9780060731328 | Publish date:  | Edition 1

Also available as: Audio CD , Hardcover , Softcover and Stapled , Paperback , eBook

Category: Business & Economics , Non-fiction , Social Science

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Book Description
Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much heralded scholar who studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life-;from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing-;and whose conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. He usually begins with a mountain of data and a simple, unasked question. Some of these questions concern life-and-death issues; others have an admittedly freakish quality. Thus the new field of study contained in this book: freakonomics.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and co-author Stephen J. Dubner show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives-;how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In Freakonomics, they set out to explore the hidden side of ... well, everything. The inner workings of a crack gang. The truth about real-estate agents. The myths of campaign finance. The telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher. The secrets of the Ku Klux Klan.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a surfeit of obfuscation, complication, and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and-;if the right questions are asked-;is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Steven Levitt, through devilishly clever and clear-eyed thinking, shows how to see through all the clutter.

Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.
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  • 4

    spettacolo...Come risolvere problemi in modo non convenzionale, come pensare cercando di utilizzare la propria testa, come scoprire che non tutto quello che ci viene propugnato, ha sempre un senso. Co ...continue

    spettacolo...Come risolvere problemi in modo non convenzionale, come pensare cercando di utilizzare la propria testa, come scoprire che non tutto quello che ci viene propugnato, ha sempre un senso. Come capire che sta a noi prenderci la briga di comprendere e sopratutto scegliere quali informazioni meritano e quali vanno lasciate andare...Gran libro

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  • 5

    "Dona'm un algoritme i desxifraré el món"

    Surt al mercat el 2005, convertint-se en tot un bestseller i associat a un blog de gran embergadura, els seus autors Steven D.Levitt (prestigios economista de Harvard) i Stephen J. Dubner (periodista ...continue

    Surt al mercat el 2005, convertint-se en tot un bestseller i associat a un blog de gran embergadura, els seus autors Steven D.Levitt (prestigios economista de Harvard) i Stephen J. Dubner (periodista New York Times) sembla s'han associat de cara l'èxit. Levitt intenta comprendre perquè els traficants de crack segueixen vivint amb les seves mares o perquè cau la criminalitat als anys noranta, aclara perquè és més perillosa una piscina que una pistola o què tenen en comú un mestre d'escola i un lluitador de sumo... Totes aquestes preguntes la resposta de les quals prove de l'economia.
    Levitt apareix amb una mirada aventurera, ell sap que els mestres, criminals, experts, publicistes, esportistes i polítics poden mentir, però les xifres mai menteixen.
    Per exemple, un bon algoritme amb les dades adequades ha permès trobar a Levitt i altres economistes que quan els índexs de natalitat baixen, els metges realitzen més cesàrees o que quan els agents immobiliaris venen les seves pròpies cases les deixen en el mercat de mitja deu dies més que la resta obtenint per elles un 3% adicional.
    Lectura ràpida, interessant i molt sorprenent.

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  • 5

    最近關注政治哲學,對媒體和網路上隨處可見自以為是的自由主義論調愈來愈不以為然。Freakonomics 是一本行為經濟學的絕佳入門,其中絕妙的脈絡解讀與統計分析,讓我對公共論述和社會研究的可能又多了那麼一絲期待。

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  • 4

    值得看看的一本好書

    作者分析的內容相當的平易近人
    從書名就可以得知他的經濟學是分析
    我們習以為常的事物
    (Freakonomics, 直譯怪胎經濟學)
    有時我們對於看似答案的答案深信不疑
    但作者透過數據的分析來告訴你
    你錯了
    是本值得看看的一本好書

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  • 5

    很有趣的一本書

    與其說它是經濟學的書籍,不如說這是一本創意書。
    跳脫學術的框架,用很多有意思的角度去觀察一個事件,一個現象。
    問題的答案不只有一個,取決於你的切入角度為何。
    很能激發我的想像力:)

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  • 4

    推荐序說作者為經濟學界的超新星,但我不懂經濟學,不曉得這到底是經濟學的運用還是統計學的運用。但看完之後令人想去摸本經濟學課本讀讀,看讀完之後能不能像作者般將經濟學模型使用的瀟灑自如,這就是後話了

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  • 3

    很有趣的一本經濟書, 眼見未必為真, 直接的因果也未必如表面簡單, 專家不過是一個形象...很有黑天鵝的意味.

    前半本蠻好看的, 結尾卻有點流於草率...

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  • 4

    歡樂無窮.滿足你好奇心的「蘋果橘子經濟學」
    這本書沒有甚麼大道理.就是一個又一個的問題與回答
    像是美國教師為了成績竄改學生答案(利用了數學公式法揪出這個現象)
    還有墮胎法案的通過居然間接的使犯罪率下降
    這本書其實跟經濟學沒有太大關係.但是可以看清許多的事實

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