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     by Levitt, Steven and Dubner, Stephen


Economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner analyze the hidden side of modern life. Levitt uses the tools and principles of economics to answer a variety of social questions that interest him such as: How does legalized abortion affect the crime rate? Does standardized testing encourage cheating? Do realtors act in their clients' best interest? 

Dubner and Levitt challenge conventional wisdom as they examine the unexpected ways in which incentives shape society. This is a fascinating and entertaining work of modern science.

Reviewed by kb, 11/06. Other reviews by kb.