A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime? Freakonomics will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.

These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask. But Steven D. Levitt is not a typical economist. He is a much heralded scholar who studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life -- from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing -- and whose...

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Reviews and Recommendations

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Malcolm Gladwell Writer & JournalistI don’t need to say much here. This book invented an entire genre. Economics was never supposed to be this entertaining. (Source)

Ev Williams Co-Founder/Twitter, CEO/MediumRecommends this book

Daymond John Founder/FUBUI love newer books like [this book]. (Source)

Simon Sinek AuthorRecommends this book

James Altucher Founder/StockPickr[James Altucher recommended this book on the podcast "The Tim Ferriss Show".] (Source)

Chris Goward Here are some of the books that have been very impactful for me, or taught me a new way of thinking: [...] Freakonomics. (Source)

Mikhail Dubov Back when it came out I wanted to do economics but for the wrong reasons. This book helped me fall in love with the subject and learn to think about the world in a slightly different way. (Source)

Timur Badretdinov I would say my favorite book is Freakonomics. I like it for two reasons. First, this book is full of interesting facts, and that makes it exciting. Second, the whole book is a paradigm shift. After you read, you’ll look at the world around you differently. I guess that one goes as non-business. (Source)

Faisal Amin I believe reading is a habit that must be inculcated irrespective of the career paths. Below mentioned are a few of my favourites that can hopefully bring wisdom to aspiring entrepreneurs. Lateral thinking by Edward de Bono 7 habits of highly effective people by Stephen R. Covey The lean startup by Eric Ries Rich Dad Poor Dad by ‎Robert Kiyosaki Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt (Source)

Meenakshi Sharma Reading 'Freakonomics' by Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner, changed my perspective of the whole world. Such a well-researched piece of writing. Complete eye-opener how lots of successful people made it because they were at the right place at the right time, and not just an unidentifiable X factor. If you are looking for conversation starters ever, lots of them in this book. (Source)

Matthieu David-Experton Question: What books would you recommend to young people interested in your career path? Answer: I would recommend the following ones: The Hard Thing About Hard Things Who? How to recruit A players Les Cles du futur by Jean Staune (in French) All the books written by Peter Drucker (The Essentials of Drucker) The 4 steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank Freakonomics The books by Jack Welsh (especially for French people as it is somewhat contrarian to their education) (Source)

Fabrice Grinda I have lots of books to recommend, but they are not related to my career path. The only one that is remotely related is Peter Thiel’s Zero to One. That said here are books I would recommend. (Source)

Dave Child I'd recommend reading anything that helps develop your ability to understand and solve a problem. Triaging issues by importance and properly identifying their causes is critical in almost every aspect of business. Without that, you can easily spend a lot of time on the wrong problem, or an ineffective solution, and your time is, more or less, your most valuable commodity. So I'd suggest books like A Certain Ambiguity by Gaurav Suri and Hartosh Singh Bal, or Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt‎ and Stephen Dubner - books which will explore different ways of delving into problems and understanding... (Source)

Aidan Connolly I like Freakonomics as being the best of its kind. (Source)

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