Yeah, this isn t rogue economics This is sociology It s not a new discipline And this is really spurious sociology that wouldn t pass muster in academia, so Levitt published it for public consumption. Jesus H Tittyfucking Christ on a bike Could these two tossers be anysmarmy and self indulgent Levitt and Dubner and probably the kind of smart arse nerds who snigger at you because you don t understand linux but sneer at you because you ve actually spoken to a woman This book is much like the Emperor s New Clothes, people are so scared about being left out if they don t like or understand it because some sandal wearing hippy in the Guardian said it s This year s Das Capital or some such bollocks that they feel compelled to join some sort of unspoken club where they all jizz themselves silly over a book that effectively is 300 pages of pure condescension. Only buy this book if a facist regime ever seizes control o Is 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 Freakonomics Will Literally Redefine The Way We View The Modern WorldThese 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 õ Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything ô Download by Ý Steven D. Levitt 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 FreakonomicsThrough 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 KlanWhat 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 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 ClutterFreakonomics 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 Than That It Will Literally Redefine The Way We View The Modern World Front Flap I loved this book, though I think the title is a bit misleading It s not really about economics In fact, he s showing you what interesting things you can discover when you apply statistical analysis to problems where you wouldn t normally think of using it I use statistical methods a fair amount in my own work, so I found it particularly interesting The most startling and thought provoking example is definitely the unexpected reduction in US urban crime that occurred towards the end of the 20th century Crime rates had been rising for decades, and people were really worried about what would happen if the trend continued Then, suddenly, they peaked and started to decline Why There were a bunch of theories, al Well,this is the most terrible book I have ever seen,it was too terrible to read. It s so terrible that I just want to burn it as fast as I can,and it cost me 58RMB. That was 58RMB,it was to expensive for me to afford. At first. I thought it was a good book,and I spend all my money on this book. And I was pretty annoyed about this I don t have any other money for my breakfast,lunch,and even dinner. I haven t drink juice for the whole year. Reading this is a waste of time,no one want to see this book again. It was just rubbish,and smelly book. It tells my nothing. I even want to sell this to the writer,and ask to return my money and some extra. It cost me too much time,and too much money on it. I prefer to see a movie instead Interesting enough, but the exponential amount of data made it hard to remember what the initial claims of the economist were instead of reinforcing them, strangely I did, however, learn from this book It still amazes me that the way to reduce crime seems to be the legalization of abortion I did not expect that, but it does make quite a lot of sense and I m all for women having control over their own bodies and futures, of course Sidenote I despised the author s arbitrary uses of female and male pronouns Like, a teacher is a SHE and then an architect a HE That certainly didn t gain my respect. Û Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Û I guess some people don t like this book because it s not centered around one theme Instead, it sabout the seemingly diffuse academic work of one of the authors Steven D Levitt the other author is a journalist, Stephen J Dubner Levitt is something of an economist butlike a social scientist using the tools of Microeconomics applied to other fields that happen to catch his interest often having something to do with cheating, corruption, crime, etc In the back of the book he mentions how he considers himself a student of Thomas Schelling who is kind of like the father of Game Theory strategy theory , except muchof a man of ideas than what one might think of when one thinks about game theory today, which is muchmathematical Anyway, as for the book itself, I thought it was really great I really like what Levitt is doing as far as using the tools of Microeconomics in other fie I assumed Freakonomics would be a book that used statistics to debunk various societal hysterias and fearmongering in a semi humorous way I quickly realized what I was in for when early in the book when the authors gave their background as Harvard Jews and profiled a guy that infiltrated the KKK for the ADL The story sounds at least partially made up It then jumped into predictable white guilt inducing trash and goes into mental contortions using data and sociological explanations for black criminality and low IQ scores The writers of this book are also obsessively pro Abortion The only surprise was they used statistics to show you are muchlikely to die from an automobile or a swimming pool than a gun This book would probably appeal to upper middle class liberals who like to consider themselves clever and politically astu
Yes, zero stars. There is one segment of this book that reports use of a dataset I know very well the Fatality Analysis Reporting System FARS data From what details they put into the book, it s fairly clear that the researchers did not research the reliability of the data elements they chose to use from FARS In particular, their analysis rests on the ability to identify uninjured children in vehicles that were involved in fatal crashes FARS has data elements for this, but the reliability of the data in those data elements is suspect at best If you go back beyond around 2002 s data, you are missing quite a bit of data And the data errors are not randomly distributed In other words, it s not a usable dataset for the purpose it was put to. It s a rookie mistake We all make them from time to time But, when you are going out on a Sure, this book was a compelling read that offered us all some great amo for cocktail party conversation But ultimately I think most of what Leavitt claims is crap He dodges accoutability with the disclaimer about his book NOT being a scholarly work, but then goes on to drop statistics, theories and expert opinions These assertions laid, he doesn t provide readers with enough information to critically examine his perspectives. Ultimately I have a problem with the unquestioned, unaccoutable role of the public intellectual Leavitt dances around with his PhD on his sleeve, but is never subject to peer review or any sort of academic criticism I think it s irresponsible.
About The Author
Steven D. Levitt
Steven David Steve Levitt is a prominent American economist best known for his work on crime, in particular on the link between legalized abortion and crime rates Winner of the 2003 John Bates Clark Medal, he is currently the Alvin H Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Bu