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Freakonomics

     by Levitt, Steven and Dubner, Stephen

Freakonomics

Plot/Summary:
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? 

Comments:
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.