50 Book Challenge: #9 Freakonomics

From amazon.com: 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.


What I Say: I think this book was hard to read right after Blink but I did enjoy how it was an easy read. I know now how to truly disband the KKK should they ever make a massive comeback. What I did like about this book was the study of incentives and what makes people tick. This is imperative in a management position and learning how to motivate others to want to work for vs. need to work for you.

I also know I should get my real estate license should I wish to sell my condo anytime soon 😉

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