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“This book is kind of hard to explain. It's nonfiction for sure, as the authors use economics to explore and explain everyday problems like crime, cheating on standardized testing, and getting parents to pick their kids up from daycare. Though it has a few themes that keep popping up over and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“A fascinating alternative look at selected societal issues. A fun, quick read for anyone.”Burke Farrah wrote this review yesterday. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thoroughly enjoyed Levitt's take on the world and his willingness to honestly look at cause and effect without moral judgement.
While I agree that books don't necessarily need a central theme, this book and chapters weren't structured independently enough for this to feel natural.”
“Similar to the Gladwell books and just as packed with really interesting stories and the unexpected consequences of our actions! I suggest you read both this one and Superfreakanomics ”Hank wrote this review 2 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book applies the subject matter I learned in my economics major to real world examples. A great read for anyone that appreciates economics. ”Michael Lee wrote this review 10 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Summer Reading 2013”Alex C wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very enjoyable and thought provoking book.”Nathan A. Hayman wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fascinating look at a number of issues. I'm not a number person but am grateful that this economist applied his expertise to issues I care about.”Vinita W wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Horrible, jsut statistics and what he thinks has lead us into the technology boom.”Patricia F wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was an informative read. I started reading it on the recommendation of a friend from church and also because I'm the business administrator for the Economics Department at the University of Houston and the subject of economics is very interesting to me. One of the authors is a noted economist from the University of Chicago and our department has ties to that department (we have several faculty who graduated from there, although I don't know if any of them know this guy, although he is pretty famous so I'm sure they all at least know of him).
The book posed some interesting research questions along with surprising results, attempting to turn "conventional wisdom" on it's head. I'm not sure I completely buy into all of their results, but I don't think the point of the book was to get you to agree with their conclusions. I think the main point of the book was basically that things are not always as they seem, and just because two things are correlated doesn't necessarily mean that there is a causality relationship (one event caused the other).
It's always a good idea not to accept things at face value and to look deeper. Many times we do not gain knowledge because we don't ask the right questions. While the book wasn't particularly difficult to read, if you're not into math and statistics, there are several points where you might get bogged down or lose interest.”
“I love fun books on economics...I think this may have been the only one! Interesting looking through an economists glasses at the world and some peculiar and poignant topics. It makes me this that I could have written a book on Economics.”David Kuehn wrote this review 4 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No