One way Levitt and Dubner prove their point that Conventional Wisdom is often wrong is in the discussion of why drug dealers live with their moms in Chapter 3. The authors explain how a university student studying Sociology that was living in Chicago, went into a building that was filled with gang members to make them take a survey. He was assigned to go to Chicago’s poorest black neighborhoods and make people take a multiple choice survey. But, the student, Venkatesh, didn’t know the building had gang members until he bumped into them. When Venkatesh asked the gang members questions, they laughed at him and tortured him a little, but they let him go home. Venkatesh went home trying to think of better questions and came back to the building asking the gang leader, J.T., if he could hang out with them. After... [continues]
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