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Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool?

What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?

How much do parents really matter?

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the riddles of everyday life—from cheating and crime to parenting and sports—and reaches conclusions that turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Freakonomics is a groundbreaking collaboration between Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist. They set out to explore the inner workings of a crack gang, the truth about real estate agents, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, and much more.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, they show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

What unites all these stories is a belief that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and-if the right questions are asked-is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But it can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.


  • Written by: Stephen J. Dubner, Steven D. Levitt
  • Narrated by: Stephen J. Dubner
  • Length: 6 hours and 55 minutes 
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • Unabridged Audiobook




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Editorial Reviews

“An easy, humorous study. Many unsolvable points the Americans have might probably be solved with simple means.” (Business World)
“Provocative… eye-popping.” (New York Times Book Review: Inside the List) “The man is attention-grabbing!” (Washington Post Book World) “The funkiest look at of statistical mechanics ever by a world-renowned economist… Eye-opening and usually eye-popping” (Entertainment Weekly) “Steven Levitt has primarily probably the most attention-grabbing ideas in America… Prepare to be dazzled.” (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point) “Principles of economics are used to have a look at every day life on this satisfying study.” (People: Great Reads) “Levitt dissects superior real-world phenomena, e.g. baby-naming patterns and Sumo wrestling, with an economist’s laser.” (San Diego Union-Tribune) “Levitt is among the many most notorious economists of our age.” (Financial Times) “Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the easiest, most necessary method…. This is bracing satisfying of one of the best order.” (Kurt Andersen, host of public radio’s Studio 360 and author of Turn of the Century)
“If Indiana Jones had been an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt… Criticizing Freakonomics might be like criticizing a scorching fudge sundae.” (Wall Street Journal) “Freakonomics was the ‘It’ e-book of 2005.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) “An eye-opening, and most attention-grabbing, technique to the world.” (Kirkus Reviews) “An unconventional economist defies typical information.” (Associated Press)
“Levitt is a amount cruncher extraordinaire.” (Philadelphia Daily News) “A showcase for Levitt’s intriguing explorations into various disparate issues…. There’s a great deal of satisfying out there.” ( “One of the final decade’s most intelligent and provocative books.” (The Daily Standard) “Freakonomics challenges typical information and makes for satisfying learning.” (Book Sense Picks and Notables) “The trivia alone is certainly well worth the cowl value.” (New York Times Book Review)


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