Freakonomics

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Steven J. Dubner (William Morrow, 2005).

I had heard of this book, but never gotten around to reading it. When my daughter asked me to get it for her for a school assignment, I sat down and read it in an evening before giving it to her. I think she will appreciate the authors’ logical approach to understanding the economics of incentives in everyday life. Certainly it was more thoughtful (and more interesting) than the usual insistence of economists on blind allegiance to the so-called “laws” of the market. I was fascinated to see that her name appeared at the same ranking on both the lists of “lower income” baby names and “higher income” names, the only one that did. I guess she can go into politics and relate to everyone!

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