The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. The first Freakonomics book was one of those bestselling books that you didn't have to read. Not because it was bad, but because it was good. It was so good, in fact, that authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner's cockeyed and contrarian wander through the economics of everything from abortion to sumo wrestling was nearly unavoidable.
Bad Analysis of SuperFreakonomics
In a followup to their bestselling Freakonomics speed summary economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen J. Why do people help each other? In Iran, donors are paid, and there is no waiting list. Rather than ascribe helping behaviour to selfless altruism, we need to look for the incentives driving that behaviour. No incentive, no action.
IAN HORSLEY is a "completely average and unforgettable" Englishman who found his calling as a bank officer stopping fraud - and who has now turned his attention to using bank data to hunt down terrorists. He and his colleagues have another few thousand inventions up their collective sleeve as well. ALLIE is a highly paid prostitute and unlikely entrepreneur who got rich by maintaining quality control and understanding the market forces of supply and demand. KEN CALDEIRA runs an ecology lab at Stanford and is one of the most respected climate scientists in the world -- but his research shows that carbon dioxide is the wrong villain, and that even trees can exacerbate global warming. KEITH CHEN , a thirty-three-year-old, spiky-haired associate economics professor at Yale and the son of Chinese immigrants, taught a bunch of monkeys to use money, disproving Adam Smith's contention that humankind alone had a knack for monetary exchange.
I f ever two writers were likely to suffer from "difficult second book" syndrome, it's Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner , authors of the smash-hit Freakonomics, which made them the rock stars of the economics world. The reason rock stars find the second album so difficult is that the first one is usually the product of years of hard graft, in bedrooms or garages, and then in dingy clubs in front of a handful of people, trying to discover which songs really work. When the record comes out and it's a hit, the record company immediately starts wanting a follow-up, so the band has to dust off a few numbers that weren't quite good enough for the original, plus a few more that they have managed to squeeze out in whatever time is left to them between gigs and groupies. Then the record company has to hype this new collection to death, in the hope that the fans won't notice.