What do school teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? What is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? Why do drug dealers still live with their mothers? Why do prostitutes earn more than architects do?
In 'Freakonomics' Steven Levitt asks a series of profound questions about contemporary living and helps us to see the familiar world through a completely original lens. He examines everything from education to traffic jams, from food to guns, from sports to being elected, from betting to parenting, pushing back the boundaries of economics along the way. Levitt turns conventional economics on its head, stripping away the jargon and calculations of the 'experts' to explore the riddles of everyday life. He reaches some astonishing conclusions, showing us the 'Freakonomics' is all about how people get what they want.
Freakonomics takes a very different angle on economics and the world as we know it. It is able to explain things in a way never thought possible. From how the Ku Klux Klan is like a group of real estate agents to what makes a perfect parent, the rogue economist can come up with reasoning and numbers to back up all of his claims. I really enjoyed this book with its witty writing and refreshingly different ideas that made me question the world I live in and if everything is really as simple as it seems. Reviewed by 01zt.