Excerpt from Freakonomics by Steven Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner, plus links to reviews, writer biography & more
A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Every Thing
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This guide, then, happens to be written from a really certain worldview, according to a few fundamental some ideas:
Incentives would be the foundation of contemporary life. And understanding them — or, often, ferreting them away — is key to re re re re solving virtually any riddle, from violent criminal activity to recreations cheating to online dating sites.
The old-fashioned knowledge is usually incorrect. Criminal activity did not keep soaring, cash alone does not win elections, and — shock — consuming eight cups of water a time never really demonstrated an ability to accomplish a thing for the wellness. Old-fashioned knowledge is normally shoddily created and devilishly hard to overturn, nonetheless it can be achieved.
Dramatic impacts usually have remote, also delicate, causes. The response to a provided riddle just isn’t constantly appropriate right in front of you. Norma McCorvey had a better effect on criminal activity than did the combined forces of weapon control, a solid economy, and revolutionary authorities techniques. Therefore did, once we shall see, a guy named Oscar Danilo Blandon, aka the Johnny Appleseed of Crack.