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Freakonomi (2005)

af Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (Forfatter)

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Om hvordan man kan anvende økonomisk teori og analyse af tal og data til at vise overraskende sammenhænge i samfundet.
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  1. 182
    Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions af Dan Ariely (_Zoe_)
  2. 141
    SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance af Steven D. Levitt (conceptDawg)
    conceptDawg: Similar content, same authors. If you liked one you'll like the other.
  3. 70
    The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich Are Rich, the Poor Are Poor--and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car af Tim Harford (waitingtoderail)
    waitingtoderail: A much better book than Freakonomics, as wide-ranging but not as scattershot.
  4. 40
    The Drunkard's Walk : How Randomness Rules Our Lives af Leonard Mlodinow (wendelin39)
    wendelin39: awesome.. economics psych and even some puzzles revealing something about your brain in one
  5. 40
    Think Like a Freak af Steven D. Levitt (Percevan)
  6. 30
    More Sex Is Safer Sex: The Unconventional Wisdom of Economics af Steven E. Landsburg (Sandydog1)
  7. 31
    Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) af Tom Vanderbilt (vnovak)
  8. 54
    Outliers: The Story of Success af Malcolm Gladwell (dste)
    dste: Another interesting book that looks at some ideas we think are right and turns them upside down.
  9. 21
    Quirkology: The Curious Science Of Everyday Lives af Richard Wiseman (edwbaker)
  10. 21
    Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game af Michael Lewis (tcarter)
  11. 32
    Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks af Ben Goldacre (Rynooo)
  12. 10
    You Are Now Less Dumb: How to Conquer Mob Mentality, How to Buy Happiness, and All the Other Ways to Outsmart Yourself af David McRaney (Sandydog1)
  13. 11
    Rethink: The Surprising History of New Ideas af Steven Poole (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Unexpected perspectives on a range of topics
  14. 11
    Dollars and Sex: How Economics Influences Sex and Love af Marina Adshade (_Zoe_)
  15. 22
    The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies af Bryan Caplan (mercure)
    mercure: The freakonomics of democracy
  16. 22
    Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness af Richard H. Thaler (espertus)
  17. 11
    The Economic Naturalist: In Search of Explanations for Everyday Enigmas af Robert H. Frank (ljessen)
  18. 01
    Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport af Simon Kuper (Anonym bruger)
    Anonym bruger: Freakonomics for football fans
  19. 12
    Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy af Carl Shapiro (infiniteletters)
  20. 12
    Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won af Tobias J. Moskowitz (browner56)
    browner56: Economists use the tools of the "dismal science"--both traditional and behavioral--to explain the pressing issues of the day, such as drug crime, school quality, and the home field advantage in football games.

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A fun book where I learned about a bunch of useless information such as cheating habits of teachers and sumo wrestlers, impact of a name, and fascinating overview of a crack dealing gang in Chicago (and many other examples).

Now, that's not to say that I didn't get anything useful out of the book, because I did. This book teaches the reader to think critically regarding data, correlations, causations, and consider many other factors that might affect the data. ( )
  Andjhostet | Jan 11, 2021 |
"If morality represents how people would like the world to work, then economics shows how it actually does work."

"We associate truth with convenience, with what most closely accords with self-interest and personal well-being or promises best to avoid awkward effort or unwelcome dislocation of life. We also find highly acceptable what contributes most to self-esteem...economics and social behavior are complex, and to comprehend their character is mentally tiring. Therefore we adhere, as though to a raft, to those ideas which represent our understanding." --John Kenneth Galbraith, Economist & coiner of the phrase "conventional wisdom."

"Prepared to be dazzled." says Malcolm Gladwell of Freakonomics. Ironic since the only stunningly interesting material in this entire book is the chapter on crime which refutes a major thesis of his own book, The Tipping Point. Since most of you have read The Tipping Point, I might as well expound. The so called "Broken Windows Effect" is lumped in with several other "innovative policing strategies" and proven to be completely negligible in its effect on crime. What has proven to be effective in fighting crime? Abortion. He proves the case irrefutably through a series of case studies on various countries that adopted abortion and through the states in the Union which adopted the practice at various times. However there is a twist to this story--that I will let you discover on your own, should you wish to read Freakonomics. ( )
  andy_clark | Dec 31, 2020 |
An interesting book in some aspects, somewhat out there in other aspects.

What this book does is to study raw data and look for overlooked patterns of possible cause and effect. Now it's no longer new but it still interesting in it's challenging what it calls "conventional wisdom". It all looks much more like authors are statisticians than economists but apparently they think that makes it sound too dull. And the book is mostly not dull. One warning though, it's very American centered so the actual findings might be far from interesting to someone outside that country.

One interesting finding for instance, which was apparently very controversial when the book was new, was that unwanted children, born because the mother had no alternative, have a tougher life and is much more likely to get into all kinds of trouble. This was of course used as a bat in the abortion "debate" that is ever dominating American life. To me the findings don't sound that controversial and it makes a lot of sense.

Another interesting part of the book is how they could locate cheating teachers by looking for certain very unlikely-to-happen-by-themselves patterns in children test results. As part of that they talk a little about what motivates people's behaviour. They enter into a discussion about economic, social and morale incitements and it's all very promising, until they completely leaves the subject. That was a huge opportunity missed to make the book more interesting and less populist. ( )
  bratell | Dec 25, 2020 |
Another audio book version. The only failure in this format was the use of lists and comparisons between ideas. Reading off a long list of names didn't translate well on audio. The topics were interesting, albeit a bit odd at times, and the narrator was able to describe economics and statistics in an accessible way. However, I've either read this and forgot or read excerpts somewhere because quite a few of the ideas sounded really familiar. I also thought the authors were going for shock value and that some of the science behind the results was a bit of a stretch. There were a few assumptions made that really bothered me. This is watered-down economics geared toward the general reader and intent on having a wow factor. It worked as a diversion in the car but I wasn't overly impressed. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
I gained a new appreciation for statistics, even though I was skeptical of some the conclusions the authors reached. This skepticism seems to be validated, looking at other reviews.

Even if not all conclusions are justified, they still are interesting and thought-provoking angles. My way of viewing the world, alas, has not been redefined.
  Tom_L | Dec 14, 2020 |
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Economists can seem a little arrogant at times. They have a set of techniques and habits of thought that they regard as more ''rigorous'' than those of other social scientists. When they are successful -- one thinks of Amartya Sen's important work on the causes of famines, or Gary Becker's theory of marriage and rational behavior -- the result gets called economics. It might appear presumptuous of Steven Levitt 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.
 
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerThe Economist (pay site) (May 12, 2005)
 
The book, unfortunately titled Freakonomics, is broken into six chapters, each posing a different social question. Levitt and Dubner answer them using empirical research and statistical analysis. And unlike academics who usually address these matters, they don't clutter the prose with a lot of caveats. They just show you the goods.
tilføjet af Shortride | RedigerTime, Amanda Ripley (Apr 24, 2005)
 
Freakonomics is about unconventional wisdom, using the raw data of economics in imaginative ways to ask clever and diverting questions. Levitt even redefines his definition. If, as he says, economics is essentially about incentives and how people realise them, then economics is a prospecting tool, not a laboratory microscope.
 

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Steven D. Levittprimær forfatteralle udgaverberegnet
Dubner, Stephen J.Forfatterhovedforfatteralle udgaverbekræftet
Lindgren, StefanOversættermedforfatternogle udgaverbekræftet
Seidenfaden, TøgerForordmedforfatternogle udgaverbekræftet
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