Obviously its not a real law like the law of gravity or even one of those socialscience laws like greshams law or. Steven levitt, a professor of economics at the university of chicago, was awarded the john bates clark medal, given to the most influential american economist under forty. The books are presented in an easy to read and digestible manner and youll spend your time thinking oh wow. Dubner reports on the unintended consequences that come with new technology. The nook book ebook of the superfreakonomics by steven d. One of the strangest unintended consequences of abortion, of legalized abortion, was that it drives the crime rate down because what abortion really was, was a mechanism for which fewer unwanted children could. Dubner return with superfreakonomics, and fans and. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading superfreakonomics. Freakonomics was a wonderfully refreshing book that gave a clear insight. Superfreakonomics, by steven levitt and stephen dubner. My mother, lucianna ross, who taught me by her example that you have to spend on your.
Dubner and levitt s point, in their utterly captivating new book, is that following your curiosityeven to the most heretical and absurd endmakes the world a better place. Dubner is an american writer and journalist who focuses on economic subjects. Global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance by steven d levitt stephen j dubnerbuy. We learn about drunkwalking, prostitution economics using words such as pimpact, terrorist profiling, unintended consequences, and monkey prostitutes.
Whats more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk. He is also a founder of the greatest good, which applies freakonomicsstyle thinking to business and philanthropy. In the past few decades, parenting has become its own science. Because if there is any law more powerful than the ones constructed in a place like washington, it is the law of unintended consequences. Superfreakonomics author says its all about economics. Im a big fan of the books freakonomics and superfreakonomics, coauthored by economist steven levitt and journalist stephen dubner. Four years in the making, superfreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones. We examine the winners, the losers, the unintended consequences and just.
Jan 24, 2008 dubner and levitt have an article in the nytimes with three examples of the law of unintended consequences, the americans with disabilities act made it more costly to hire people with disabilities and reduced their employment, ancient jewish sabbatical law intended to help the poor has made them worse off, and the endangered species act. Mar 26, 2019 however, levitt and dubner summed up by stating that the crime reduction was an unintended gain of legalized abortion. Levitt tells lively and highly entertaining stories that describe how unintended consequences drive the behaviors of schoolteachers, realtors, crack dealers, and expectant mothers. Dubner is an awardwinning author, journalist and radio and tv personality. Dubner and levitt have an article in the nytimes with three examples of the law of unintended consequences, the americans with disabilities act made it more costly to hire people with disabilities and reduced their employment, ancient jewish sabbatical law intended to help the poor has made them worse off, and the endangered species act. Levitt states clearly that proposing abortion as a means of future crime prevention would have huge moral implications. Superfreakonomics, steven d levitt stephen j dubner shop. The most detailed book summary of freakonomics by steven d. Therefore, one of the most powerful laws in the universe is the law of unintended consequences. One of levitts most powerful points is what he calls the law of unintended consequences. The intellectual content is pretty thin, but its spiked with the crowd. Jan 23, 2008 dubner and levitts three examples of unintended consequences include two that will be familiar to longtime readers of this site.
Global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance is the second nonfiction book by university of chicago economist steven levitt and the new york times journalist stephen j. Levitt teaches economics at the university of chicago. Steven levitt, the original rogue economist, and stephen dubner have been working hard, uncovering the hidden side of even more controversial subjects, from. Apr 22, 2018 to explain this occurrence, dubner and levitt have come up with the phrase. While he tells lively stories of how unintended consequences drive the behaviors of schoolteachers, realtors, crack dealers, prostitutes and expectant mothers, this law also greatly affects outsourcing deals as well. I did like the chapter about unintended consequences though. Freakonomics 2005 applies rational economic analysis to everyday situations, from online dating to buying a house. The nypd is pulling detectives from homicides and other investigations to help deal with the endless barrage of anticop protests in the city, lawenforcement sources told the post monday. In its place is the selfdeprecation of the academic dad outsmarted by a threeyearold. The law of unintended consequences may be as strong as gravity. Freakonomics on unintended consequences overlawyered. Dubner return with more iconoclastic insights and observations in superfreakonomicsthe long awaited followup to their new york times notable blockbuster. Superfreakonomics, illustrated edition and millions of other books are. In part, this may be a function of pairing steven levitt, an awardwinning economist, with stephen dubner, a skilled reporter.
Dubner wed love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. Dec 11, 2016 superfreakonomics is the followup book to the insanely popular freakonomics, published in 2009, by steven levitt and stephen j. Dubner, a journalist, are more like modern day merry pranksters in their books about the role of economics in our daily lives with their work exploring the hidden side of everything. Levitt and dubner plainly see the world like no one else. John ross unintended consequences freedoms phoenix. Global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers. I managed the first book and this second one in a couple of days.
Well cover three key examples of how wellmeaning incentives caused unintended consequences. Levitt and dubner talk about decisions being framed as collaborative, authoritarian or competitive. The expanding use of this technology has allowed expecting parents to abort unwanted girls and keep the boys. The ability to sexselect has caused the disappearance of an estimated 160 million girls in asia alone. The new york times bestselling freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. I especially like them in audiobook form because the reader, dubner, throws his voice into a high shrill to demarcate when he is quoting someone else. Levitt and dubner are genial, concerned citizens, anxious to help. Dubner is an awardwinning author, journalist, and radio and tv personality. Global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance, 2009.
Levitt and dubner and i love to point out that most of our problems come from unintended consequences of well meaning policy decision. A rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything freakonomics by steven d. One of the most powerful laws in the universe is the law of unintended consequences levitt, s. His unorthodox approach of using the tools of economics to reveal hidden aspects of everyday decisions has triggered debate in the media and academic circles. Steven levitt, the original rogue economist, and stephen dubner have spent four years uncovering the hidden side of even more controversial subjects, from terrorism to shark attacks, cable tv to hurricanes. Superfreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as.
Unintended consequences is a novel by john ross, first published in 1996 by accurate press. Global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance steven d. Arguably, forcing women to pay celibacy fees and taking away birth control methods culminated to more births. The bombast of freakonomics buccaneer economist, shining a light where no one else dares to look, is gone. Dubner who in 2003 published an admiring article about levitt in the new york times magazine, is a popular account of the many studies levitt has done on subjects as diverse as realestate agents, schoolteachers, sumo wrestlers, drug dealers, parenting, and the names given to black and white. Dubner mentioned an earlier post of theirs which discusses the unintended consequences of it dubner draws a parallel to other protective laws with similar unintended consequences. Dedication this book is dedicated to the three women in my life. Dubner and levitts three examples of unintended consequences include two that will be familiar to longtime readers of this site. It looks at the world and how it works by exploring the hidden side of everything. Nov 03, 2009 super freakonomics is really two books in one. The world of economy, by steven levitt and stephen dubner. Based on revolutionary research and original studies superfreakonomics promises to.
Stephen dubner and steven levitt wrote this freakonomics column, which concludes, if there is any law more powerful than the ones constructed in a place like washington, it is the law of unintended consequences. Unintended consequences by john ross and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. Asking people to reduce their carbon emissions is a noble invitation. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint. Im not one for disciplinary boundaries, but some of this. Jul 03, 2014 nonetheless, think like a freak has an endearing quality. In august 2003 dubner wrote a profile in new york times magazine. But perhaps the best example of incentives colliding with unintended consequences is, well super freakonomics. Superfreakonomics, by steven levitt and stephen dubner read an excerpt of steven levitt and stephen dubners new book. To explain this occurrence, dubner and levitt have come up with the phrase. Although clearly a work of fiction, the story is heavily laced with historical fact, including historical figures who play minor supporting roles.
He is the host of freakonomics radio and tell me something i dont know. Steven david steve levitt is a prominent american economist best known for his work on crime, in particular on the link between. If youre looking for something a bit different to read on holiday, i recommend these books. Like all of their coauthored books, it takes an economic approach to whats going on in the real world, which means using statistics and hard data to find out what really drives human behavior.
Steven levitt, the original rogue economist, and stephen dubner have been working hard, uncovering the hidden side of even more controversial subjects, from charity to terrorism and prostitution. Seven freakonomics columns written for the new york times magazine, published between. He writes for the new york times and the new yorker, and is the bestselling author of turbulent souls and confessions of a heroworshipper. Get the main points of freakonomics with shortform book summaries. His intent is merely to provide data and thereby illustrate the unintended consequences of a change in public policy. The story chronicles the history of gun culture, gun rights, and gun control in the united states from the early 20th century through the late 1990s. Levitt is an american economist with degrees from harvard university and massachusetts institute of technology, and has specialized in researching crime and corruption. Introducing incentives can often have unintended consequences on peoples behavior. Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, levitt and dubner show that. You may think that you can find solutions to even the most complex problems if you collect enough data, but that might not always be the case. The extraordinary response that article received from readers, the rest of the media and organizations including even the cia and the pentagon. Levitt points out, one of the most powerful laws of the universe is the law of unintended consequences.
Dubner is a former writer and editor at the new york times magazine. Four years ago, steven levitt, university of chicago economist, and stephen dubner. The issue of the books title, meanwhile, still lay unresolved. Freakonomics lived on the new york times bestseller list for an astonishing two years. Many times, these unintended consequences could have been predicted ahead of time, but werent looked at for a variety of reasons. Penguin presents the audiobook edition of superfreakonomics by stephen j. Superfreakonomics was an instant new york times bestseller that caused a media uproar, continuing the amazing success begun with the groundbreaking, worldwide sensation freakonomics. Theres a lot about how economist steven levitt thinks that i resonate with, and the free association of how seeming unrelated things interrelate is certainly reminiscent of one of my favorite authors, james burke and his bestselling and immensely. Theres a discussion of perverse incentives, and the unintended consequences of badly designed markets.
Klux klan, real estate agents, unintended consequences of a judicial decision roe v wade, 1973, drug dealers who live with their mothers, parenting, and even sumo wrestlers that. We cut out the fluff, keeping only the most useful examples and ideas. Jan 20, 2008 because if there is any law more powerful than the ones constructed in a place like washington, it is the law of unintended consequences. Unintended consequences of antipolice protests in new york. You may think that you can find solutions to even the most complex problems if you collect enough data. Dubner return with superfreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. Never before have such iconoclastic thinkers been so revealingand so much fun to read. I am liking economics much more after reading their books levitt and dubner. The fourth chapter is about unintended consequences and simple fixes.
The story chronicles the history of the gun culture, gun rights, and gun control in the united states from. Well, the authors used romanias case to show the power of incentives. I drove my husband mad however reading bits out loud to him. However, levitt and dubner summed up by stating that the crime reduction was an unintended gain of legalized abortion. Thus the new field of study contained in this book.
In the followup to his bestselling book, freakonomics, steven levitt. This is a book about decisions, incentives, unintended consequences and statistics showing how conventional wisdom isnt. Superfreakonomics is the followup book to the insanely popular freakonomics, published in 2009, by steven levitt and stephen j. The law of unintended consequences marginal revolution. This applies to schoolteachers and realtors and crack dealers as well as expectant mothers, sumo wrestlers, bagel salesmen, and the ku klux klan. Dubner, an awardwinning journalist and radio and tv personality, has worked for the new york times and published three non freakonomics books. Its not exactly economics for dummiesor, as levitt economicsuniv. What kind of law is the law of unintended consequences.445 1099 261 154 600 454 314 1334 824 416 465 720 531 856 164 856 1457 837 117 1346 524 1458 352 1475 517 1202 609 1359 1249 1143 603 138 1343 656 350 236 1146 180 275 1453 472 706