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Cover of: Freakonomics | Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
About the Book

A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Which is more 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? How did the legalization of abortion affect the rate of violent crime?

These 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 riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing—and whose conclusions turn the conventional wisdom on its head.

Freakonomics is a ground-breaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They usually begin 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: Freakonomics.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Levitt and 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 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 Klan.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking at things.

Freakonomics 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. ButFreakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.

First published in the U.S. in 2005, Freakonomics went on to sell more than 4 million copies around the world, in 35 languages. It also inspired a follow-up book, SuperFreakonomics; a high-profile documentary film; a radio program, and an award-winning blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.”

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31 editions First published in 1975

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Freakonomics
March 2007, Zeta Editores
Paperback in Spanish
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괴짜 경제학 (개정증보판)
2007, 웅진지식하우스
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Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
October 17, 2006, William Morrow
Hardcover in English - Revised & Expand, Roughcut edition
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Freakonomics
2006, HarperCollins
Electronic resource in English
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
January 10, 2006, HarperLargePrint
Paperback in English - Lrg edition
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
May 2006, Harper Torch
Paperback in English - International edition
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
2006, William Morrow
Hardcover in English - Revised and Expanded Edition
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Freakonomics Rev Ed LP: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
November 21, 2006, HarperCollins
Paperback in English - Rev Exp Lr edition
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Freakonomics Rev Ed CD: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
October 17, 2006, HarperAudio
Audio CD in English - Una Rev Ex edition
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Freakonomics (in Simplified Chinese Characters)
2006, Guang Dong Jing Ji Publishing Company
Paperback
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Freakonomics
April 6, 2006, Penguin
in English
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
April 12, 2005, HarperAudio
Audio CD in English - Unabridged edition
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
2005, William Morrow
Hardcover in English - 1st ed.
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Freakonomics: o Lado Oculto e Inesperado de Tudo que nos Afeta
2005, Campus
Paperback in Portuguese - 1 edition
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
2005, HarperCollins Publishers
Paperback in English
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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.)
January 1, 1975, Harper Perennial
Paperback in English

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