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superfreakonomics by STEVEN D. LEVITT - STEPHEN J. DUBNER

For Steven Levitt, the professional economist of the Freakonomics duo (Stephen Dubner is a magazine writer), the equivalent of the dingy clubs were the academic economic journals in which he tried out his theories in the decade or more before the first book came out. That book was already a selection of his greatest hits and the quality control was assured

Authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner followed it up s, a Freakquel that hardcore fans and newcomers alike have found to be even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What’s more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it’s so ineffective? Can a sex change boost your salary? SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet.

Now, Steven D. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first

Steven D. Dubner return with Superfreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else.

Работа авторов Дубнер Стивен, Левитт Стивен Freakonomics принадлежит к жанрам Естественные, точные и технические науки на иностранных языках и Литература на английском языке

He currently teaches at the University of Chicago. Stephen J. Dubner is an American writer and journalist who focuses on economic subjects. He is also the author of Choosing My Religion (previously known as Turbulent Souls) and Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper.

Written by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner Read by Stephen J. Dubner Format: MP3 Unabridged. SuperFreakonomics was an instant New York Times bestseller that caused a media uproar, continuing the amazing success begun with the groundbreaking, worldwide sensation Freakonomics. SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as. - How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? - Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands?

Now, Steven D. Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is – good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky.

Now authors Steven D. Dubner return with more iconoclastic insights and observations in e long awaited follow-up to their New York Times Notable blockbuster.

Reviews: 7
Pimps versus real-estate agents? Prostitutes versus Santa? The authors apply much the same economic logic to much the same counter-intuitive mashups as in the original publishing smash FREAKONOMICS, but with diminished returns to my way of thinking. Read FREAKONOMICS first, then this one, which you should not expect to surpass the original.
very interesting to read, although not so helpful in self-improvements, still fun!
While reading I just keep thinking to myself, a lot of these conclusions were based on the law of large numbers, so a lot of more likely/less likely in there(if you know what I mean). I mean even if the percentage of occurrence of one thing is 1% higher than the other, you can say that's more likely to happen. But I personally think sometimes that's not anything worth concluding.
The author of the black swan will probably oppose a lot of the conclusions made in this book since they don't count outliers..
Interesting and such a fun book, but surely you don't believe everything you read ? Here is a different perspective on several different sociologic topics important to our society. Many of its' tenets will be difficult to prove conclusively, but it is an eye opening look at counter-intuitive consequences of economic incentives. Overall ,the theme of intended consequences and surprising effects of various public policies holds true and makes for a compelling read.
The reason I do like this book is simple: the best economics is all about practical theory and applications, the original economists were trying to solve very simple problem such as how to keep people from abusing the common, is there enough food to go around, etc.

But, there are several problems with his book:
The writing style/prose editing suggest readers with a short attention span, every time I get started on a topic it switches to another topic (the chapters have several subtopics and points seamlessly intermixed). The author's self-awareness of their success from the 1st book is painfully aware in this one, the sequel. For those in the sciences it is well known that a thesis is only as good as the data collected; and much of the authors data is from small sample sizes they go on the claim as irrefutable law (most contentious is the abortion and the crime rate correlation from the 1st book), which makes their hypothesis always...questionable; and for those critical of the Freakonimics series is their main argument against them.

In the end the book does what they probably intend, makes economics a philosophy relevant for the masses again. This book presents people with material for conversation and debate after dinner with friends and family. No longer something for government committees and corporations board of directors, economics is back to its practical roots. Bit these books are just that, not necessarily critical study but contrary based investigation of some interesting and important questions, insisting that dialogue and further inquiry of the selected subject matters occur.
If you enjoyed Freakonomics (or you've a thing for trivia), you'll like this one; it's more of the same.
The authors go about explaining why a simple, intuitive or knee-jerk understanding of the whys and hows of our world is often mistaken and why. And they do it with a sense of humor, providing amusing and interesting real-life & historical examples (although nothing, in my opinion, will ever quite live up to the drug dealers of the last volume!).
All in all, this qualifies as a sort of non-fiction "beach read." Econ-lite.

So why 3 stars?
I read this on Kindle, and somehow one of the charts was missing (another chart from another section of the book appeared in its place), so if shoddy e-editing drives you nuts. . . maybe avoid the Kindle edition.
Gonzo Economist Stephen Levitt and co-author Stephen Dubner provide a second-helping of their offbeat behavioral analysis. As in Freakonomics, these readable authors explain more human economic decision-making. Here they examine such subjects as street prostitution, the banking habits of suicide bombers, hospital survival rates, global warming, the effectiveness of child safety seats, etc. Some of their facts seem obvious, while others range from astonishing, to thought-provoking, to trivial. Readers again gain improved understanding of economic and behavioral micro-analysis, the need for imaginative approaches, and why laws and actions sometimes bring unintended consequences. There are even trivia tidbits like how kangaroo farts are methane-free (sparing the environment), clients tend to request more expensive services from hookers on Saturday nights, and television's arrival brought higher crime to some places but decreased spousal abuse in India. As with the first book, some of the authors' conclusions seem debatable (like their doubts about global warming). Also, the authors sometimes fail to follow up on interesting facts they uncover. For example, if sex-selected abortion and female infanticide in traditional societies have created shortages of females, might not the value of young ladies increase at marraige time, thus reducing the need for dowries? Still, this is a fun read, one that should inspire many discussions and debates.

Like its predecessor, this edition is thought-provoking, enjoyable, and superbly readable. Still, it lacks some of the bite found in FREAKONOMICS, and it could use more than 216 pages - maybe the authors will put those pages in the next edition. I know several economics students from the University of Chicago (with its 10 Nobel Laureates in Economics, most in the world), and they describe Professor Levitt as clearly offbeat. Maybe that's why these books are so much fun.