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Freakonomics

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

By Steven D. Levitt,Stephen J. Dubner

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| Softcover | 9780713999082

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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? Continue

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 young scholar who studies the 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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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Un nuovo modo di fare affari ed impresa...
    non mi ha lasciato gran che.

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    Linda T said on Jul 13, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    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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    Montaigne7j said on Jun 22, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    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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    JUNNIE said on Mar 24, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    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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    Wheniinthisworld said on Mar 19, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    頗有意思的....科普嗎....(???)
    雖然怎麼看都不是科普但有點不知道該如何形容本書,就是統計學+經濟學+社會學的深入淺出理論著作這樣。
    因為很少看這種書所以感到滿有趣的。

    天才的特色就是他們的思考邏輯很跳躍,而且轉得很快。從乍看風馬牛不相及的美國墮胎令跳到犯罪人數減少,雖然異想天開但說服力頗強。提出了許多有趣的社會現象,像是教師作弊,還有房仲賣屋傾向,以及毒販的企業化經營導向wwwww算是從以前未曾揣想過的角度去看世界吧

    許多事情換個角度來看就會有不一樣的看法,社會本身就是一種很莫名 ...(continue)

    頗有意思的....科普嗎....(???)
    雖然怎麼看都不是科普但有點不知道該如何形容本書,就是統計學+經濟學+社會學的深入淺出理論著作這樣。
    因為很少看這種書所以感到滿有趣的。

    天才的特色就是他們的思考邏輯很跳躍,而且轉得很快。從乍看風馬牛不相及的美國墮胎令跳到犯罪人數減少,雖然異想天開但說服力頗強。提出了許多有趣的社會現象,像是教師作弊,還有房仲賣屋傾向,以及毒販的企業化經營導向wwwww算是從以前未曾揣想過的角度去看世界吧

    許多事情換個角度來看就會有不一樣的看法,社會本身就是一種很莫名其妙的精巧結構,如果放開眼界去看,就能得到跟他人不一樣的啟示。不過看本書有個疑問,就是總覺得裏頭的論點都非常結果導向,應該說作者根本就是開金手指先看到答案,在找些數據來整合統計證明這樣。沒錯,許多研究都是這樣誕生的,但我的疑慮是既然你都知道結果了,找來的證據當然也會都是從能論證結果的方向來找吧....實際上我覺得應該還有更多細節或角度可以再討論。但想想這本書本來就是寫給一般老百姓(?)看的,或許也有不少刪減或省略的部分沒提吧?可能我的疑問在論文原著裡就解決了也不一定,說來說去這只是我的一點小牢騷而已啦,這本書還是滿有趣的

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    Murasakitobi said on Mar 18, 2014 | Add your feedback

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    Mi aspettavo curiosità statistiche più sottili e sorprendenti, invece gli autori si limitano ad applicare strumenti statistici standard a contesti insoliti, senza che necessariamante le conclusioni siano insolite o controintuitive. Comunque scorre pi ...(continue)

    Mi aspettavo curiosità statistiche più sottili e sorprendenti, invece gli autori si limitano ad applicare strumenti statistici standard a contesti insoliti, senza che necessariamante le conclusioni siano insolite o controintuitive. Comunque scorre piacevolmente e ci sono spunti interessanti qua e là.

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    clipeus said on Jan 16, 2014 | Add your feedback

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