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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (Revised and Expanded)

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20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

A look at things through the eyes of an economist.

This book is a general interest book- and it certainly is interesting. The book, for anyone looking for an entertaining read, will like it. In a nutshell, the book takes a look at all sorts of things in society, from crack gangs to parenting, and then attempts to make s...
This book is a general interest book- and it certainly is interesting. The book, for anyone looking for an entertaining read, will like it. In a nutshell, the book takes a look at all sorts of things in society, from crack gangs to parenting, and then attempts to make sense of them by applying econonmic principles. According to the book, economics is really the study of incentives, and so using this kind of angle, the book comes up with answers to why things work the way they do.

A book that's hard to put down, I'm sure many readers will enjoy it. Also recommend The Sixty-Second Motivator for a more simplistic explanation of what motivates people and gives them incentives to do what they do.

posted by 246828 on October 27, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A poor man's Outliers

I listened to the audio book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell before I listened to Freakonomics. They are similar in style -- drawing conclusions about modern phenomena based on outlying characteristics. But Gladwell does a better job of telling compelling stories.

Fr...
I listened to the audio book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell before I listened to Freakonomics. They are similar in style -- drawing conclusions about modern phenomena based on outlying characteristics. But Gladwell does a better job of telling compelling stories.

Freakonomics was more negative - discussing cheating teachers, drug gangs, etc. Gladwell found interesting correlations in less cynical subjects.

posted by SSSMN on May 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2008

    Uninteresting

    I have seen all of the great reviews, and I don't get it. This book shows nothing out of the ordinary. If you watch the news, you already know everything from this book. No surprises, interesting points, etc. Relatively boring with an underlying liberal bias. All in all, pretty disappointing coming from a 'rogue economist'.

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