Freakonomics

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Freakonomics is a book about how economics can discover some rather unexpected realities of human behavior, like that legalized abortion decreases crime, the structure of Sumo wrestling encourages cheating, and, despite working on commission, realtors have little incentive to work harder than average.

Review

Good

  • Over all, the book is interesting and well-written.
  • From an amateur's stand point, the arguments are quite compelling.

Bad

  • Critics have argued that the look has little to do with economics and much more to do with sociology and criminology, which can never be distilled into such tidy equations because the variables are myriad. Because of this, many of the results are dubious at best.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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