Steven D. Levitt is an economist who analyzes statistical data to unearth surprising connections and behaviors. In Freakonomics, he and co-author Stephen J. Dubner detail many of these cases. He finds test scores that indicate cheating teachers in Chicago, tournament records that indicate cheating among sumo wrestlers, and he claims that reading to your children when they're young doesn't help them academically. His most controversial connection is that legalization of abortion has led to lesser crime. Freakonomics has received mostly positive reviews with Fortune Magazine saying, "There is no obvious leitmotif, ideological or otherwise, to Levitt's work, and that is perhaps its greatest charm. In his hands, economics, far from being a dismal science, is a tool for the curious."
Course Topics: Introduction: The Hidden Side of Everything What do schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers have in How is the Ku Klux Klan Like a Group of Real Estat Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? Where have all the criminals gone? What makes a perfect parent? Perfect Parenting : Part II Epilogue Bonus Material added to the Revised and Expanded 2 Notes
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