First came the bestselling book, then the sequel, and now comes freakonomics the movie, a kind of victory lap that both celebrates that success and demonstrates why the work of economist steven d. Book review: freakonomics by steven d levitt and stephen j dubner october 09, 2013 by jennifer dutcher if you're at all interested in economics, data science, or even just popular books, it's a good bet that you've heard of steven d levitt and stephen j dubner's 2005 new york times bestseller, freakonomics: a. Brett believes that freakonomics should be mandatory reading for marketers sadly 98% of marketers, communicators, promoters and persuaders have failed to crack open a copy of freakonomics, superfreakonomics or the latest in the series: think like a freak many haven't even heard of the series. I elected to read freakonomics as part of my ongoing effort to engage with books that have become fixtures on the new york times list of bestsellers this title has spent many weeks on that list and has sold millions of copies this is a bit surprising for a book dealing with the decidedly unsexy discipline of.
Freakonomics is a joyously entertaining book it's an intellectual romp but there are problems let's leave those for a moment and concentrate on the good parts we're told early on that economist steven levitt is very good at asking questi. Freakonomics has 570047 ratings and 14269 reviews jim said: this was an interesting book i say it was interesting because i started liking it (a lot. Matt's review of freakonomics, a documentary directed by seth gordon, morgan spurlock, alex gibney, eugene jarecki, and heidi ewing and rachel grady.
Super freakonomics the original freakonomics — a bestselling, entertaining work published in 2005 by the duo of famed economist steven levitt and journalist stephen dubner — did a grand job popularizing economic analysis and convincing people that enough economists armed with enough data. A wall street journal review compared levitt to indiana jones and opined that “[c ]riticizing 'freakonomics' would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae” reviewers have been especially impressed with levitt's work on abortion and the decline in crime: the economist notes that the book moves.
It might appear presumptuous of steven levitt to see himself as an all-purpose intellectual detective, fit to take on whatever puzzle of human behavior grabs his fancy but on the evidence of freakonomics, the presumption is earned jim holt reviews books for the new yorker and the new york review of. More damningly, freakonomics often fails to capture their research and analysis, so it makes broad, sometimes untenable assertions as a result spurlock's section is particularly patronizing in the way it uses man-on-the-street interviews, ridiculously dramatized anecdotes, and snide comic digs to casually. Freakonomics movie reviews & metacritic score: alex gibney (enron: the smartest guys in the room, casino jack and the united states of money) delivers a visu.
Documentary steven levitt - author: the closest thing to a worldview, i would say, in freakonomics, is that incentives matter not just financial incentives, but social incentives and moral incentives 3 of 6 people found this review helpful was this review helpful to you yes no | report this review this title | see all 24. Freakonomics is a collection of interesting problems and a look at how statistical methods lead to surprising answers to these problems since the author (steven levitt) is an economist, he looks at them with an economist's eyes focusing on the incentives that drive people behind these problems. A review of freakonomics john dinardo 1 what can i say about freakonomics in a review of a book intended for scholars, one might expect a careful examination of the authors' claims and the evidence supporting their claims the premise that supports that expectation is that a serious book merits a.
Therefore, i will begin my chapter with a fascinating historical review where we will learn that imperialism stemmed from the perceived superiority of the conquering people over the conquered peoples, and that the role of the conqueror is to disseminate its lofty culture from here, i will move to describe freakonomics as a. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users.
Steven d levitt is an unusual economist he doesn't particularly enjoy the math involved, and he doesn't involve himself in global macroeconomic projections instead, he is intrigued by the stories that data can tell, and how they can contradict conventional wisdom and show us insights that we would have ignored. Freakonomics is, as it warns, a somewhat random grab bag of topics it's largely a survey of the work of steven d levitt, who uses the techniques of economics to answer questions other than the typical ones asked in the business report he studies questions such as whether real estate agents work to sell. What a shame about that title “freakonomics” is bound to dampen the spirits of any intelligent reader, suggesting an airport-ready, dumbed-down romp—the back cover would inevitably call it a romp—through the bogus theories of some semi-literate phoney economist but that is not this book at all. Secondary title: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything freakonomics is just the book any rational would love what can be more fun than taking real life itself, and dissecting it to small details using financial and statistical methods, reaching interesting conclusions about the selfish.