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  • Freakonomics - 459 Words
    Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner "(Feldman wondered if perhaps the executives cheated out of an overdeveloped sense of entitlement.What he didn't consider is that perhaps cheating was how they got to be executives.)... If morality represents the way we would like the world to work and economics represents how it actually does work, then the story of Feldman's bagel business lies at the very intersection of morality and economics"(46)Levitt, and Dubner. Levitt implements his...
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  • Freakonomics - 2570 Words
    Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner Introduction: The Hidden Side of Everything There are several things required to understand the world through economics: first, knowing the incentives of all parties; second, realizing that conventional wisdom is usually wrong; third, understanding that most effects have subtle and distant causes and the most obvious is often the wrong one; fourth, specialists like salesman and lawyers use obscure knowledge to achieve their own ends and...
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  • Freakonomics - 271 Words
    Book covers generally set the tone for a book, so they each must be designed carefully as to attract the reader’s attention. The cover of the book Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner not only visually appeals to the reader but also comments on the book’s contents. The book cover displays an apple that has been sliced, however, the inside of the apple is an orange. The illustration comments on the idiom “apples and oranges” which in turn states that two objects or ideas cannot be...
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  • Freakonomics - 143 Words
    Freakonomics The book Freakonomics is about the culture and the society and values of the United States. Freakonomics describes and compares why people do certain things in life with good facts to backup why people act and do the things they do. In this book there were some weak points and also some strong points. One of the weak points in the book was that sometimes it would compare and describe somthings that are totally different. Like in the first chapter which said “what do sumo...
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  • Freakonomics - 894 Words
    When people think of economics they often regard it as the study of dry, untrusting Financial trends and market developments, but Steven D. Levitt's freakonomics is groundbreaking in the economic field shows that economic research can be used as the basis to study relationships that underlie the events and problems we encounter about every day. In Freakonomics, Levitt and his co-author, journalist Stephen Dubner, give the reader his take on some of the most interesting research topics they...
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  • Freakonomics - 1066 Words
    Cassie Jordan Freakonomics Throughout the book Freakonomics written by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, the readers minds are constantly tested by atypical questions that make them change their way of thinking, from morally to scientifically. It points out how people have an ideal image of how things should be, or what they familiarly recognize to be the “right” way things work, and economics prove how things actually work. Based on the data and research gathered on specific topics shown...
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  • Freakonomics - 910 Words
    AP English III-7 10 September 2014 Predetermined Lives In the compelling book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner write about the unusual side of thoughts and actions that humans are too blind to notice. They conduct multiple studies and gather information that make the reader question things like how powerful incentives are, if they are being looked after like they say they are, and even the importance of a child’s...
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  • Freakonomics - 315 Words
    Microeconomics Freakonomics Real Estate Incentives apply to any business application you can think of because people respond to incentives. Incentives are what run humans and may times we act on incentives. An example would be if you own a bakery and everyday you make three-hundred cupcakes and you want increase production by another hundred you offer an incentive being that for every twenty extra cupcakes made there will be a five-hundred peso bonus. Using an incentive will not...
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  • Reflection of Freakonomics - 344 Words
    Isaac Pak Mrs. Boguchwal AP Microeconomics 18 August 2013 Freakonomics Reflection/Response Initially, I was intrigued by the book based on its odd cover, an image of what appears to be a granny smith apple on the outside and an orange on the inside, and I found the contents far more interesting. The “catchphrase” used is “a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything”, and no other phrase could be more accurate. Steven D. Levitt, a professor of economics at the University of...
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  • Freakonomics Essay - 728 Words
    The Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt is an award winning economist. Stephen J. Dubner is an award winning writer. The two met in Chicago, and the result was Freakonomics, a book that claims to explore the hidden side of everything, using real-life examples such as studies and polls conducted by Levitt to explain how economics is everywhere, that economics is how the world really functions. Through everything from analyzing the inner thought processes of real-estate agents and crack...
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  • Freakonomics Summary - 440 Words
    Freakonomics Stephen Levitt, Stephen Dubner Summary, chapter 1 The authors of Freakonomics discusses in chapter one about how incentives can do the opposite of what the incentives are created for. Incentives are the basis of all human action and interaction [i.e. - people do not act randomly, they are always following some set of self-imposed rules and/or are trying to gain something for themselves]. As an example, the authors speak about a study of daycare centers in Haifa, Israel, in...
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  • Freakonomics Review - 714 Words
    The Hidden Side of Freakonomics Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner is a book aimed at exposing the secret within everything. The authors prove that in many cases, two items don’t have to be connected because they are correlated. Moreover, two unrelated items can in fact be connected. Proving so was less difficult than it would seem. All it took was the right information. They were able to prove the most unlikely of correlations. The authors stress that in a world where...
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  • Freakonomics Crime and Abortion - 588 Words
    “Where Have All the Criminals Gone” In Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner’s article, they argue that there is evidence to support a link between the abortion rate and crime reduction. The authors first talk about the abortion history in Romania, how a dictator named Nicolae Ceausescu imposed his will on the people by enacting a ban on abortion in order to increase Romania’s population. By doing this however, he was denying the rights of many teenage mothers who at the time may have not...
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  • Freakonomics chapter 1 summary
    Freakonomics Chapter 1 Summary In chapter one of Freakonomics, Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt describe how when incentives are strong enough, many usually honest people from different walks of life will cheat in order to gain financially or climb the ladder in their careers. The authors define an incentive as “a means of urging people to do more of a good thing or less of a bad thing.” This chapter covers three varieties of incentives: Economic, Social and Moral. Economic incentives motivate...
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  • Freakonomics Book Review - 2826 Words
    Justin Rayome Dr. Ditloff International Relations 6 March 2014 Levitt, Steven D, and Stephen J. Dubner. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. New York: Harper Collins, 2005. Print. The authors of Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, were very clear in the fact that they did not want their book to simply revolve around one single theme, thus making it difficult to discern a distinct thesis statement or theory. Some may perceive this type of...
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  • Application of Freakonomics to Project Management
    A Book Review of Freakonomics and Application to Project Management November 2010 Project Management Summary The idea to write Freakonomics began in 2003 when journalist and award winning author Stephen Dubner wrote a profile of economist Steven Levitt for the New York Times Magazine. At the time, Levitt, an Economics professor at the University of Chicago, was focusing his research efforts on answering unique and sometimes controversial questions concerning topics such as crime,...
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  • Freakonomics Book Report - 537 Words
    Book Report: Freakonomics Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, is an explanatory book that seeks to show the reader the truth behind economics through tying economic themes to pop culture ones. The almost guide-like book takes the reader on a trip that explains why people do the things they do and how it all relates, making comical connections like Sumo wrestlers to teachers. I found the book to be a delightfully enlightening piece of literature that taught me the ploys and...
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  • Freakonomics Book Review - 646 Words
    Maria Vega March 9, 2010 Freakonmics: A Rougue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything What they were all responding to was the force of Levitt’s underly- ing belief: that the modern world, despite a surfeit of obfuscation, complication, and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not un- knowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more in- triguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking. - Stephen J. Dubner. Freakonmics is a book written by Steven Levitt...
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  • Freakonomics: “What Do School Teachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common”
    Freakonomics: “What Do School Teachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common” Daily Humans face the difficulty of choosing what's morally right, and morally wrong. Whether it be the simple everyday 'thank you' and 'please' or perhaps the wrong decision made under the carpet for personal gain, every action has a reaction. These choices seem simple when seen on paper, however the once simple decision becomes quite the opposite when an alternate motive poisons the minds of unsuspecting civilians....
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  • Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner Is Based on These Fundamental Ideas: Incentives, Conventional Wisdom, “Experts”-Use Their Informational Advantage
    Freakonomics By Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner is based on these fundamental ideas: Incentives, conventional wisdom, “Experts”-use their informational advantage Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life. And understanding them or, often, ferreting them out—is the key to solving just about any riddle, from violent crime to sports cheating to online dating.There are three basic incentives economic, moral and social. How do we profit and what incentives drive us to act unethical? The...
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  • Gang Leader for a Day Book Report
    Term Project-Book Report Gang Leader for a Day | By Sudhir Vankatesh | | Jeannine March | 11/9/2012 | San Joaquin Delta College Mrs. Gottfried Sociology 1A Gang Leader for a Day The story starts out as Sudhir Vankatesh starts his first-year as grad student at the University of Chicago, in the fall of 1989. He had just moved there from the suburbs of Southern California, particularly U.C. San Diego. He gives detail about the environment he was now living in. Here he was on the...
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  • Steven Levitt - 1103 Words
    207 1/16/14 Freakonomics Theme Analysis Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner shows that in life, everything has a hidden side. The book also discusses many topics, such as: incentives are the cornerstones of modern life, the conventional wisdom is frequently wrong, dramatic effects often have distant causes, “experts” often use their informational advantage to serve their own agenda, and knowing what to measure and how to measure it makes a complicated world much...
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  • Why Crime Rates Will Drop?
    John Tan Advanced B Jeff Puccini 3/29/2011 Why Crime Rates Will Drop? This important cause which is some experts think strong economic could let crime rates to drop. However, the fact is actually not, before 1992, American has strong economic. However, in fact, in these times, crime rates were very high. Furthermore, according to “Levitt D. Steven and Stephen J. Dubner” (Freakonomics 3). We know homicide fell at a greater rate during the 1990s than any other sort of Crime...
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  • The Fix Is in-and It's Cheap and Simple
    Alora Weltchek Pols 10/11/10 The Fix is in-and it’s Cheap and Simple For some reason people always seem to think that every solution needs to be some sort of complex elaborate plan in order for the results to be desirable. However, Superfreakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, proves that sometimes the best fix really can be both simple and relatively inexpensive. In the chapter, The Fix is is-and it’s Cheap and Simple, Levitt and Dubner use a variety of examples to prove...
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  • Parental Overinvolvement - 606 Words
    Parental Involvement Parents are great; they care for their children and want the best for them. However this want, can become obsessive. They find themselves at a point where they feel that if they child makes a mistake that they will be criticized by their peers. Parents have different ways of raising their kids. The book Freakonomics discusses the attributes of different kinds of parents, and what are the most successful methods. Some parents have a tendency to become overinvolved with...
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  • Grinning and Happy Essay Analysis
    Ayaan talks about the concept of Islamic culture. Ayaan identifies gender, money & violence as the main obstacles to the integration of immigrants into Western society. Muslim attitudes on the status of women, education of girls, credit, debt and financial planning weaken people's ability to honor their obligations or avail themselves of opportunity. The argument showcased is that Muslim schools should be banned in western societies because they are breeding grounds for indoctrinating young...
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  • Choices - 1850 Words
    Emanuela Sabau Dr. Geri Harmon English 1101 12/07/2010 Choices Our lives are full of choices, from the moment our eyes open in the morning to when they close at night. We make choices every day. Some are considerably easy and we don’t even pay attention to them, while others are at times complicated. Some of the choices we have to make in life are easier than others. One of the relatively easier ones is what clothes to wear every day. Selecting what to wear each day can be a horrific,...
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  • Superfreakonomics - 510 Words
    Superfreakonomics Superfreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner lures the reader into finding a new way of looking at everyday situations from an economical standpoint. From linking prostitutes to seasonal mall Santa Clauses to discovering a cure for cancer, anyone looking to gain a new perspective or find pure entertainment should read Superfreakonomics because of its strategy of intertwining humor with the hard statistics found through hours of research. Although the research...
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  • Economics: the study of incentives
    Economics: The Study of Incentives The book, “Freakonomics,” written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, explores and explains the secret causes behind many economic situations. The main argument presented by this book is what economics really is: the study of incentives, and how people are rational, and will do whatever is in their ultimate best interest. Sometimes this will lead them to actions that are moral, and sometimes the very opposite. The first technique the authors used...
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  • Steven Levitt and Conventional Wisdom
    Freakonomics is best described by the title of its introductory chapter “The Hidden Side of Everything”. It puts a spin on conventional wisdom by looking at it through very different and unusual perspectives. This book was written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner and was published by HarperCollins Publishers Inc. A very unusual trait of this book is that, unlike most books, it honestly has no theme. In fact, it is often stated within the book that there is no theme. In the...
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  • Term Paper - 789 Words
    FREAKONOMICS Gabriela Medina Post University Freakonomics is intended to challenge ones prior beliefs and the conventional wisdom of the reader. Conclusions derived from various investigations described throughout the book will often shock you. Some may even irritate your sensitivities. The authors, Steven D. Levitt an economist and Stephen J. Dubner a writer, do not argue that conventional wisdom is “always” wrong, but they do conclude that the conventional wisdom used as an...
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  • Where Have All the Criminals Gone
    Where have all the criminals gone? Sherri Ryan Medical Careers Institute In Steven Levitt and Stephen Dunbar’s article, they argue that there is evidence to support a link between the abortion rate and crime reduction. The authors first talk about the abortion history in Romania, how a dictator named Nicolae Ceausescu imposed his will on the people by enacting a ban on abortion in order to increase Romania’s population. By doing this however, he was denying the rights of many...
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  • Why Do Crack Dealers Live with Their Mothers
    Professor: Cheryl Williams BLS 150 WHY DO CRACK DEALERS LIVE WITH THEIR MOTHER’S Topic: Crack Epidemic Speaker: Steven Levitt Discussion: The discussion was a comparison between a gang and a business. Sudhir Venkatesh is William B. Ransford’s Professor of Sociology and author of “American Project” and “Gang Leader for a Day”. Sudhir risked his life to study a gang in a housing project in Chicago where he was held hostage for a night and went back the next day and was then...
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  • What should we worry about?
    In “ What Should We Worry About,” Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner talk about how humans beings are more afraid of the known instead of being scared of the important risks that are unknown. I understand Levitt and Dubner’s point but I disagree. I do not consider the known risks to be scary. I do fear the unknown, things like breast cancer, heart disease, and any form of viruses that can lead to severe sickness or death. These are things that could cause my loved ones and me great...
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  • Freakanomics - 256 Words
    ASSIGNMENT VIII: SUPPLY AND DEMAND Throughout the book Freakonomics, Levett discusses the concept of supply and demand several times. In a well organized essay discuss the role of supply and demand in the American economy. In your essay be sure to cover the following information: Discuss the definition of supply and demand Discuss two situations where supply and demand were discussed in Freakonomics and explain how Levett used the example Your essay should have at least 3 body...
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  • Freak Economics - 72592 Words
    FREAKONOMICS A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner CONTENTS AN EXPLANATORY NOTE In which the origins of this book are clarified. INTRODUCTION: The Hidden Side of Everything In which the book’s central idea is set forth: namely, if morality represents how people would like the world to work, then economics shows how it actually does work. Why the conventional wisdom is so often wrong…How “experts”—from criminologists to...
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  • kale - 891 Words
    Professor Bucher ENC 1101 21/11/2012 Freakonomics: Book V.S. Movie "She's a super freak, super freak, she's super freaky yow!" Rick James wasn't the only person to portray a message about "freaky" matters. Authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubernin coined together to write a book called Freakonomics. Freakonomics is the study of economics based upon the principle of incentives. On certain occasions, there are some theories that suggests reactionaries and economists find offensive...
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  • Gang and Real Estate Agents
    Freakonomics a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything was written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner that study everyday life and they reach conclusions with conventional wisdom. They researched about crack gangs, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan, the truth about real estate agents, and answering questions like why drug dealers live with their moms, and which is more dangerous a gun or a swimming pool? There were several themes in this book such as knowing what to measure...
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  • Economics and Normative Analysis - 1411 Words
    ECON 260 Freakonomics Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, is book that not your typical economist would write it was co-authored in 2005 and if morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represent how it actually does work in this award-winning book. Steven D. Levitt is a not your typical economist. He is a much-heralded scholar who studies the riddles of everyday life- from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing and whose...
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  • Media Bias Article Comparative Analysis
    How bias is your media? And if at all, can you determine to what degree and in what direction of the spectrum? That is the question that economists, political analysts and the American public have been trying to answer for years. The two articles that I analyzed are in response to studies, and a subsequent book, written by Tim Groseclose called Left Turn: How liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind. Both articles review the findings of Groseclose’s book, but do so in very different ways....
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  • Superfreakonomics Review - 1085 Words
    Superfreakonomics Review Superfreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner was an interesting read. The authors did a great job of taking what was probably a mind-numbing amount of numbers and figures, and turned them into relatable situations. Each chapter compares and contrasts to explain how seemingly unrelated subject matter, is actually related. Which could be confusing at times but the information was entertaining to learn. The introduction first shows you that while driving...
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  • Mr.Marvel - 298 Words
    Essay Assignment Essay #4 – Persuasive Writing – Rogerian Model Essay #4 is a take home essay that looks at Science and Technology. This section trains students how to persuade audiences to adhere to a given position through consensus building. Students need to write an essay that follows a Rogerian Model, which emphasizes the need to find a common ground. More specifically, it trains students to identify specific biases and action statements to convince an ...
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  • Gang Leader for a Day - 276 Words
    GANG LEADER FOR A DAY The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatesh managed to gain entrance into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment. When Venkatesh walked into an abandoned building in one of Chicago's most notorious housing projects, he was...
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  • Superfreakonomics a Personal Review - 1834 Words
    About The Book. “One of the most powerful laws in the universe is the law of unintended consequences” (Levitt, S. 2009) This is one of the primarily premises that the book establishes, with an extraordinary sense of humor and interesting data, Steven and Stephen set us in the real economics world, in which the common factors that all the teachers show to their students are applied in such a way that the real job is getting done. The way the authors write all the interesting facts of today´s...
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  • Economic Structures Surrounding Prostitutes and Escorts
     Economic Structures Surrounding Prostitutes and Escorts Prostitution has had a large effect on a society till today. The society views the prostitutes in many different kind of ways as the demand for prostitutes continues to grow. The prostitutes are sometimes known as the slut, scamp and even a whore since past times till today’s world. The roles of prostitutes have been evolving since the past century and have been through many significant changes since then. In those days, women were...
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