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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt
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Dec 16, 2009

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This was an interesting read that jumped around from random topic to random topic. Although the topics are varying, they are all addressed through the lens of an economist who applies statistics to seemingly unrelated problems and scenarios. Levitt, an economics professor at the University of Chicago, certainly draws unique conclusions.

He lays out his thinking that drug dealing gangs have the same corporate structure as any big business, with only the higher ups raking in the dough. And he makes many a statement that will certainly stir debate, whether you believe his theories or not, such as that abortion was the cause of the crime drop in the 1990's, or that parenting methods don't have much of an outcome on children. Although there are numbers and statistics in plenty throughout, the writing is easily digested and the chapters and topics not too long. If you are looking for a read to get your brain thinking about unique topics and different ways of looking at the world, this is for you.

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