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Superfreakonomics

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Levitt, Steven D. (eBook - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Superfreakonomics


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Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling to show how people respond to incentives.
Authors: Levitt, Steven D.
Title: Superfreakonomics
global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York :, HarperCollins e-books,, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvii, 270 p.)
Notes: Description based on print version record
B002R2OFGY (Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN))
Contents: How is a street prostitute like a department-store santa?
Why should suicide bombers buy life insurance?
Unbelievable stories about apathy and altruism
The chlorine solution and the jellyfish fix
What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo have in common?
Epilogue : monkeys are people too.
Summary: Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling to show how people respond to incentives.
Local Note: 23
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.
ISBN: 9780061959936
0061959936
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Report This Mar 15, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I cannot understand all the positive comments for such a super-lightweight book: should be titled, Economics for Idiots Who Will Never Understand Economics! Not everybody responds to incentives, and psychos and sociopaths believe incentives entiretly different than the rest of us, and they usually tend to be the CEOs and upper management.

Report This May 16, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

More Freakonomics after the author's first book on the same in 2005. Nice in depth human behavioral analysis based on economic grounds that are not so obvious at first and second looks. None were freaky economics except the lab experiment on monkeys and coins at the end. Hope to read the third Freakernomics installment soon.

Report This Jan 09, 2013
  • rennlc rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

They preface this sequel by stating their hope that It will serve as a conversation starter. If you're interested in another series of quirky observations, this time including subjects like prostitution, geoengineering, and terrorist profiling, SuperFreakonomics will do just that.

Report This Nov 22, 2012
  • Veepea rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Like the previous posters, I preferred Freakonomics. I don’t know if my taste has changed in the intervening years, but I found this book harder to get into, yet still informative and interesting. It makes me wonder how trustworthy studies and statistics are. I know that they are scientific, but how often do preconceived notions of what the conclusion should be skew the outcome?

Report This Jan 31, 2012
  • Drayjayeff rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Levitt and Dubner's book contains lots of fascinating, appropriately freaky and thought-provoking information. I was put off, early on, by their coldly clinical take on topics such as street prostitution in Chicago. Treating a subject of this kind strictly as material for economic analysis may be useful, but it comes across as heartless. That said, I'm glad I kept on reading. Although the volume is oddly designed (very "busy" in places), the illustrations add to the experience as does the quirky, self-deprecating humor supplied by its authors. On the whole, an enjoyable read.

Report This Aug 02, 2011
  • dsander rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This one was just OK, Not as good as the first freakonomics but still interesting.

In SuperFreakonomics, the follow-up to their 4 million-copy-selling Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have fired yet another provocative salvo at conventional wisdom. In their crusade to make economics ("the dismal science") less, well, dismal, Levitt and Dubner now venture into colorful topics such as a "practically free" solution to climate change, the legacy of Robert S. McNamara, human organ sales and "drunk-walking," in each instance using economics' science and statistics to explain the unseen causes of the vagaries of behavior. The results are, expectedly, fascinating. NPR

Report This Mar 11, 2011
  • lilwordworm rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Freakonomics so I put Superfreakonomics on my Xmas wish list. I was disappointed by this sequel though. I think some of the questions are less relevant to economics and are controversial just for the sake of being controversial. Ah, fame. It gets the best of us.

Report This Jul 06, 2010
  • Robbol rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An often amusing take on the old saying "Lies, damned lies and statistics". More seriously, how easy it is to jump to the entirely wrong conclusions by making unsupported assumptions about what is actually happening. Everyone should be aware (beware?) of the "Law of Unforeseen Consquences"....

Report This Mar 23, 2010
  • crazycurlr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Given the choice between this one and the original, I would take the first. This book seems to loose focus on the main idea for each chapter and leaves you wondering where the authors are going with their writing.

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