A Rogue Economist
Explores the Hidden
Side of Everything
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
AN EXPLANATORY NOTE In which the origins of this book are responded. INTRODUCTION: The Hidden Side of Everything Where the book's central idea is set forth: namely, if values represents how people would like the world to work, after that economics displays how that actually does work. Why the typical wisdom is very often wrong…How " experts”—from criminologists to real-estate brokers to political scientists—bend the facts…Why being aware of what to measure, and how to measure it, is the key to understanding modern life…What is " freakonomics, ” anyway? 1 ) What Do Schoolteachers and Culminante Wrestlers Have in Common? In which we explore the advantage of incentives, as well as their darker side—cheating.
Whom cheats? Just about everyone…How cheaters cheat, as well as how to catch them…Stories from an Israeli day-care center…The unexpected disappearance of seven million American children…Cheating schoolteachers in Chicago…Why cheating to lose is more serious than cheating to win…Could sumo struggling, the nationwide sport of Japan, be corrupt? …What the Kleines, rundes br?tchen Man noticed: mankind can be more honest than we believe. 2 . Just how Is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real-Estate Providers? In which it really is argued that nothing is better than info, especially when the power is definitely abused. Heading undercover inside the Ku Klux Klan…Why authorities of every kind are in the perfect placement to exploit you…The antidote to information mistreatment: the Internet…Why a new car is suddenly worth so much less the moment it leaves the lot…Breaking the real-estate agent code: what " well maintained” really means…Is Trent Lott more racist than the common Weakest Hyperlink contestant? …What do on the net daters lay about? three or more. Why Perform Drug Retailers Still Experience Their Mothers? In which the typical wisdom can often be found as a web of fabrication, self-interest, and comfort. Why experts routinely constitute statistics; introduced of serious halitosis…How might a good question…Sudhir Venkatesh's long, strange trip into the split den…Life is a tournament…Why prostitutes earn much more than architects…What a drug dealer, a highschool quarterback, and an editorial assistant have in common…How the invention of crack crack mirrored the invention of synthetic stockings…Was fracture the worst thing to hit black People in the usa since John Crow? four. Where Have All the Criminals Gone? When the facts of crime will be sorted out from the fictions. What Nicolae Ceau? escu learned—the hard way—about abortion…Why the 1960s were a great time to become criminal…Think the roaring 1990s economy place a crimp on crime? Think again…Why capital treatment doesn't deter criminals…Do authorities actually decrease crime rates? …Prisons, prisons everywhere…Seeing through the Nyc police " miracle”…What is known as a gun, really? …Why early on crack dealers were just like Microsoft billionaires and later bust dealers had been like Domestic pets. com…The superpredator versus the older citizen…Jane Roe, crime arreter: how the legalization of child killingilligal baby killing changed almost everything. 5. Why is a Perfect Father or mother? In which we ask, via a variety of angles, a hitting question: do parents genuinely matter?
The conversion of parenting from an art into a science…Why parenting experts like to scare parents to death…Which is more harmful: a gun or maybe a swimming pool? …The economics of fear…Obsessive parents and the nature-nurture quagmire…Why an excellent school basically as good as you might think…The black-white test difference and " acting white”…Eight things which will make a child learn better in school and eight that don't. 6th. Perfect Parenting, Part 2; or: Would a Roshanda by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet? In which we all weigh the value of a parent's first official act—naming the infant. A boy named Winner great brother, Loser…The blackest brands and the whitest names…The segregation of lifestyle: why Seinfeld never built the top fifty among dark viewers…If you may have a really awful name, should you just change...