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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The trivia alone is worth the cover price.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If Indiana Jones were an economist, he’d be Steven Levitt… Criticizing Freakonomics would be like criticizing a hot fudge sundae.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Eye-opening and sometimes eye-popping”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “It might appear presumptuous of Steven Levitt [as an economist] to see himself as an all-purpose intellectual detective, fit to take on whatever puzzle of human behavior grabs his fancy. But on the evidence of Freakonomics, the presumption is earned.”

    The New York Times

  • “An unconventional economist defies conventional wisdom.”

    Associated Press

  • “A showcase for Levitt’s intriguing explorations into a number of disparate topics…There’s plenty of fun to be had.”

    Salon

  • “Levitt is a number cruncher extraordinaire.”

    Philadelphia Daily News

  • “[Leavitt] teases out meaning from juxtapositions that simply would not occur to other researchers…An eye-opening, and most interesting, approach to the world.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • [An] intriguing, quirky look at life and how to understand better the world in a new way.

    Library Journal

  • “Refreshingly accessible and engrossing. Journalist Dubner reads with just the right mix of enthusiasm and awe, revealing juicy morsels of wisdom on everything from what sumo wrestlers and teachers have in common to whether parents can really push their kids to greatness…Meaty—and entertaining—listening.”

    Publishers Weekly on the audiobook

  • A Book Sense Book of the Year
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Shortlisted for the Financial Times Best Book of the Year
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About the Author
Author Steven D. Levitt

Steven D. Levitt is the Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004 he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of forty. More recently he was named one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.” He received his BA from Harvard in 1989, his PhD from MIT in 1994, and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1997. He coauthored the bestselling book Freakonomics with Stephen J. Dubner.

About the Narrator

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and radio and television personality. He is best known for his books Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, which have sold more than five million copies in thirty-five languages. The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts. He lives in New York with his family.