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Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything

Author: Levitt, Steven D. ; Dubner, Stephen J.Publisher: William Morrow, 2006.Edition: Revised and expanded ed.Language: EnglishDescription: 320 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0061234001Type of document: BookBibliography/Index: Includes bibliographical references and index
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Includes bibliographical references and index


CONTENTS Freakonomics Frankonomics AN EXPLANATORY NOTE In which the origins of this book are clarified. PREFACE THE REVISED EXPANDED TO AND EDITION INTRODUCTION: Hidden Side of Everything The xiii 1 In which the book's central idea is set forth: namely, if morality represents how people would like the world to work, then economics shows how it actually does work. W b the conventional wisdom is so often wrong. . . How "experts"from criminologists to real-estate agents to political scientists-bend the ficts . . . Why knowing what to measure, and how to measure it, is the key "anyway? to understanding modern life . . . What is '~eakonomics, 1. What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have : incommon? 1 I / 15 In which we explore the beauty of incentives, as well as their dark side-cheating. Contents Who cheats?Just about eveyone . . . How cheaters cheat, and how to catch them . . . Storiesfiom an Israeli day-care center. . . The sudden disappearance of seven million American children . . . Cheating schoolteachers in Chicago. . . Why cheating to lose is worse than cheating to win . . . Could sumo wrestling, the national port of Japan, be corrupt?. . . What the Bagel Man saw: mankind may be more honest than we think. 2. How Is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real-Estate Agents? especially when its power is abused. 49 In which it is argued that nothing is more powerhl than information, Spilling the Ku Klzwc Klani secrets . . . Why experts of evey kind are in the perfect position to exploit you . . . The antidote to information abuse: the Internet. . . Why a new car is suddenly worth so much less the moment it Leaves the lot. . . Breaking the reakestate agent code: what "well maintained" really means . . . Is Trent Lott more racist than the average Weakest Link contestant?. . . What do online daters lie about? 3. Why Do Drug Dealers Still Live with Their Moms? 79 In which the conventional wisdom is often found to be a web of fabrication, self-interest, and convenience. Why experts routinely make up statistics; the invention of chronic halitosis. . . How to ask a good question . . . Sudhir finkateshi long, strange trip into the crack den . . . Life is a tournament. . . Why prostitutes earn more than architects. . . What a drug dealer, a high-school qtlarterback, and an editorialassistant have in common . . . How the invention of crack cocaine mirrored the invention of nylon stockings. . . Was crack the worst thing to hit black Americans sinceJim Crow? 4. Where Have All the Criminals Gone? In which the facts of crime are sorted out from the fictions. 105 What Nicolae Ceaujescu learned-the hard wayabout abortion . . . Contents Why the 1960s was a great time to be a criminal. . . Think the roaring 1990s economy put a crimp on crime? Think again . . . Why capitalpunisbment doesnt deter criminalr . . . Do police actually lower crime rates? . . . Prisons, prisons everywhere. . . Seeing through the New York City police 'miracle". . . What is a gun, really?. . . Why early crack dealers were like Microsoft millionaires and later crack dealers were like . . . The superpredator versw the senior citizen . . . Jane Roe, crime stopper: how the legalization of abortion changed everything. 5. What Makes a Perfect Parent? ents really matter? 133 In which we ask, from a variety of angles, a pressing question: do par- The conve~ion ofparentingfiom an art to a science. . . Whyparenting aperts like to scare parents to death . . . Which is more dangerow: a gun or a swimmingpool?. . . The economics offear. . . Obsessiveparents and the nature-nurture quagmire . . . Why a good school isn't as good as you might think. . . The black-white test gap and "acting white". . . Eight things that make a childdo better in school and eight that don't. 6. Perfect Parenting, Part II; or: Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet? 163 In which we weigh the importance of a parent's first official act-naming the baby. A boy named Winner and bis brother, Loser. . . The blackest names and the whitest names . . . The segregation of culture: why Seinfeld never made the t o p j f i among black viewers. . . Ifyou have a really bad name, should you just change it?. . . High-end names and low-end names (and how one becomes the other) . . . Britney Spears: a symptom, not a cause . . . Is Aviva the next Madison?. . . What your parents were telling the world d e n thev vave vou vow name. I Contents EPILOGUE: Paths to Harvard TWO In which the dependability of data meets the randomness of life. Bonus Material Added to the Revised and Expanded 2006 Edition Notes Acknowledgments Index 189

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