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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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Aug 25, 2010

it was amazing
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Read from August 11 to 23, 2010

The greatest thing about this book is that it asks unusual questions, questions that most others wouldn't bother to ask, such as "why do drug dealers live with their moms?" and "why do teachers and sumo wrestlers cheat?" As Levitt argues in the book, people respond to incentives and sometimes those incentives are set up in a way that encourages bad behavior. I have one beef with the book, which is the definition of morality that it uses a few times. I won't bore the casual reader with my argument here, but if you want to read it, you can find it on my blog here. As an opponent of abortion, I still must say that Levitt's arguments about the effects of abortion are compelling, but still don't make the practice right. In conclusion, this is a great, quick read that I think is changing the way I look at the world.
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message 1: by Christopher (new)

Christopher I recommend Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.


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Christopher I recommend Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.


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Christopher I recommend Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt.


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