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Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

I'm not sure how Freakonomics got on my radar, but it falls squarely into the Gladwell and Surowiecki school of writing that take a look at conventional subjects and turn them on their ears with reasonably well-argued cases, which I enjoy.

Figuring out how incentives influence behavior has interested me since reading Naked Economics over a year ago, and Freakonomics seemed--like Naked Economics--that it would be a fun read.

While Dubner's and Levitt present interesting correlations between things like Roe v. Wade and the radical crime drop in the 1990s, their theories are often speculative. Still, it's a fun read, it encouraged me to think about the radical correlations they were drawing, and it reminded me--as if I need reminding!--that it's important to question the conventional wisdom about cause and effect relationships every so often.


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