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SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance Freakonomics Lived On The New York Times Bestseller List For An Astonishing Two Years Now Authors Steven D Levitt And Stephen J Dubner Return With Iconoclastic Insights And Observations In SuperFreakonomics The Long Awaited Follow Up To Their New York Times Notable Blockbuster Based On Revolutionary Research And Original Studies SuperFreakonomics Promises To Once Again Challenge Our View Of The Way The World Really Works.

  • Paperback
  • 297 pages
  • SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
  • Steven D. Levitt
  • English
  • 26 February 2017
  • 9780060889586

About the Author: Steven D. Levitt

Steven David Steve Levitt is a prominent American economist best known for his work on crime, in particular on the link between legalized abortion and crime rates Winner of the 2003 John Bates Clark Medal, he is currently the Alvin H Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Bu



10 thoughts on “SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

  1. says:

    Mostly of the same as Freakonomics with riffs on Malcolm Gladwell s books thrown in The glaring difference is the chapter on climate change which attempts to go waaay beyond the author s expertise in behavioral economics and contains unfortunate misrepresentations of climate science For a detailed critique, I d recommend Still, there s no denying that convincing the publi...

  2. says:

    All the chapters in this book start with How is and then two subjects are compared or contrasted, so in this spirit I ask, How is a follow up book like a Shepherd s Pie Because shepherd s pie is made with the bits of meat discarded or not finished at a previous meal And so it is with this book Chapters not good enough to make it into the superb Freakonomics A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything have been recycled into this book It s ok, but like anything that isn t fir...

  3. says:

    Incredible, fast, entertaining read Thinkers like this one occasionall remind me just why I have chosen my profession.Short Synopsis says it all Q Putting the Freak in Economics In which the global financial meltdown is entirely ignored in favor of engaging topics.The perils of walking drunk The unlikely savior of Indian women Drowning in horse manure What is freakonomics, anyway Toothless sharks and bloodthirsty elephants Things you always thought you knew but didn t.Chapter 1 How is a Street Prostitute Like a Department Store Santa In which we explore the various costs of being a woman.Meet LaSheena, a part time prostitute One million dead witches The many ways in which females are punished for being born female Even Radcliffe women pay the price Title IX creates jobs for women men take them 1 of every 50 women a prostitute The booming sex trade in old time Chicago A survey like no other The erosion of prostitute pay Why did oral sex get so cheap Pimps versus Realtors Why cops love prostitutes Where did all the schoolteachers go What reall...

  4. says:

    Reading this book was an enormous pleasure It was like sitting down with a superb raconteur, and hearing story after story of amazing and extraordinary events Oh no you exclaim, surely that one can t be true But yes, it is And so you leap on hungrily to the next peculiar story.This is a treasure chest of information for anyone interested in psychology, economics or just sheer human cussedness The people behind the book work brilliantly together economics lecturer Steven Levitt, and New York Times journalist Stephen Dubner Please can we have academics and journalists working in tandem The result here is so good.For me there was no real overarching theme rather the book was a series of rollicking anecdotes about the unexpected and contrary It makes a great follow on to the authors first book just called Freakonomics I reckon both book are amongst the most entertaining I have ever read, and I can t recommend them highly enough.I shall end with my usual medley of notes about some of the things that particularly caught my attention Warningthese notes are a real hotch potch view spoiler TELEVISION, AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR WOMEN IN INDIAMany initiatives have been instigated to improve the lives of women in India, where they are often treated badly, both ...

  5. says:

    Ugh, pop culture trash masquerading as economics in turn masquerading as hard science.There were so many glaring flaws in the authors assumptions, logic , and conclusions that within just the introduction they had already lost all credibility.Right up front the authors declare that fears about global warming are overblown because the issue will likely be solved by technological innovation and then offer as proof the fact that cars eliminated the problems caused by horse based transportation So, you know, don t worry everyone we re sure to have a solution to global warming with even larger negative externalities any day now That s not even taking into account subtle problems with the we always innovate our way out of problems argument like survivorship bias, or the assumption that human ingenuity is unbounded, or the assumption th...

  6. says:

    I liked this book than I expected I would like it and liked it than their previous effort but have given it less stars this time than the last one The reason for this is that their last book introduced me to the whole field of behavioural economics and one is always fond of books that introduce entire new fields.I had some real problems with some of the contents of this book or rather, not the contents so much as the underlying philosophy There is a lack of consistency of thought behind this one that is quite startling Look, I m than happy to go with the whole Walt Whitman thing about being large and complex beings and therefore admitting of contradictions, but only so far.The underlying premise of this one is that people respond to incentives The problem is that people don t necessarily respond to incentives in the ways that we might expect As a theme this is utterly fascinating although a much better book on this subject is Predictably Irrational The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions The problem with this book is that the thinkers here aren t able to hold an idea like that in their heads the whole way through and to see where their examples illustrate that idea and when their examples contradict that idea What the lesson of this book ought to have been.The world is a very complex place We learn rules and laws and tendencies of behaviour mostly by holding all the endless numbers of variables or less...

  7. says:

    TABLE OF CONTENTS close to verbatim Intro In which the global financial meltdown is entirely ignored in favor of engaging topics the perils of walking drunkthe unlikely savior of Indian womendrowning in horse manurewhat is freakonomicstoothless sharks bloodthirsty elephantsthings you always thought you knew but didn tChapter 1 In which we explain the various costs of being a woman LaShanna, part time prostituteOne million dead witches The many ways in which females are punished for being born femaleEven Radcliffe women pay the priceTitle IX creates jobs for women men take them1 of every 50 women a prostituteThe booming sex trade in old time ChicagoA survey like no otherThe erosion of prostitute payWhy did oral sex get so cheap Pimps vs Realtors pimpact vs rimpact why cops love prostituteswhere did all the schoolteachers go what really accounts for the male female wage gapdo men love money the way women love kids can a sex change boost your salary meet Allie, the happy prostitute why aren t there women like her Chapter 2 In which we discuss compelling aspects of birth death, though primarily death the worst month to have a babythe natal roulette affects horses toowhy Albert Aab will outshine Albert Zyzmorthe birthdate bulgewhere does talent come from some families produce baseball pl...

  8. says:

    Those renegade, cold blooded micro economists are back for fun filled worldly observations and scathing attacks on the status quo This time around the pair explore the economics of the worlds oldest profession and the myths and realities of global...

  9. says:

    Does anyone actually believe this crap The first chapter about the economics of prostitution in this one was way better than the entire Freakonomics As a result, I had faith that the authors would stick to their field As it turns out, they get and ridiculous as the book progresses, finishing off with a pair of shitshows I m still trying to figure out if the global cooling chapter and the monkey chapters are jokes What bothered me most about the global cooling chapter wasn t so much the views the authors develop but that they were trying to influence people on something they seem to know little about While earlier in the book, they explain how economics has expanded to social economics a.k.a sociology, political science and psychology , they never really explain why economists suddenly can become scientists Why didn t they stick to the economics of global climate change That would have been just as interesting and their field Instead, they take it upon themselves t...

  10. says:

    the first few chapters were just a continuation of the first book in terms of ideas, tone and excecution thus, i was feeling pretty satisfied that i was reading such a book and becoming of a cold blooded economist , than a warm blooded humanist or whatever condescending, self congratulatory phrases they used were and then these guys got derailed, in a very sad, strange and self defeating way they did this weird about face, where in one chapter they talk about the law of unintended consequences and then in the very next chapter they talk about solving global warming the phrase they consistently used, instead of the accurate global climate change by spraying sulphur dioxide into the stratosphere seriously and after i picked my jaw up off the floor because i mean talk about unintended consequences i listened to them list there reasons why this would be a good idea and why other people you know actual climate scientist, as opposed to inventors and economists were afraid of this idea because of some ingrained dogma and they did all this while consistently misrepresenting facts, stating easily falsifiable quotes without challenge, and dissing al gore, noble prize winner did i mention they didn t talk to actual climate scientists this was another stange asp...

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