Super Freakonomics

Super Freakonomics

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling to show how people respond to incentives.
Publisher: New York : HarperAudio, p2009
ISBN: 9780060889357
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (7 hrs., 30 mins.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Dubner, Stephen J.
Alternative Title: Superfreakonomics


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Feb 14, 2019

Superfreakonomics was certainly a delightful and informative read. It posed many alternative perspectives on societal issues that I often overlook from an economic standpoint; including prostitution and pimps, monetary incentives for organ donations, global warming, healthcare data systems, and suicide bombers. I found the authors’ (Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner) discussion of media coverage particularly fascinating. For example, in 2001, an eight-year-old boy was attacked by a shark and lost a portion of his thigh and his entire arm. Due to false media coverage, 2001 was essentially considered an outbreak time period for shark attacks, even though statistical data proved that shark attacks had not at all increased, but rather just public awareness of the marine animals. I also enjoyed reading about how horse manure was essentially the reason behind the production of cars. People in 1900s couldn’t stand the smell and abundance of the manure caused by horse-drawn carriages and thus, through a burst of creativity, the car was invented. That said, this book does have its downsides. I believe that the prose can be a bit sloppy at times, as the ideas being discussed will often shift randomly. For instance, one moment they will be discussing terrorists and then suddenly they will rapidly transition over to the development of a healthcare data system. In addition, at times, they neglect to analyze the whole picture behind societal issues and can be often viewed as biased. For instance, when analyzing prostitution they only bothered to analyze data in Chicago and failed to look at other cities known for prostitution, especially Las Vegas.

Jan 28, 2019

Listened to the audiobook. The first in the freakonomics series really helped illustrate the tagline of "The hidden side of everything." The sequel brings a similar viewpoint. Anyone who's a fan of the weird and unknown should look into it.

Dec 08, 2018

Divergent thinking- by definition it's more inconsistent than the standard convergent orthodox approach but once you adapt, perhaps with a little gear-grinding, you will find it rewarding.
This is a semi-random drunkard (economists) walk thru various topics, ranging from trivial to huge.
I explored it only due to its spectacularly vulgar title, thinking it would be, at the least, entertaining. It was, educational too. Tho I guess i could've survived without knowing that, likeability aside, pimps actually benefit their workers (they run interference with police and result in prostitutes making slightly more money; who knew?).
For me the best chapter was on global warming. There are some interesting observations, and reports on mega-engineering fixes. The latter still seem unlikely to me, but asking people to push away from the table hasn't worked, isn't working, and will never work. (99.999% of humans are pigs and being responsible is somebody else's job.)
Its one failing, is that it mirrors standard mental myopia, of dealing with symptoms and not causes- the problem is not global warming per se- it's of over 7 billion crazy greedy apes on a planet that can support no more than 3 billion. Somethings' gotta give, and is. If you somehow manage to magically pull the rabbit out of the hat with your technology wand, something else will give.
Anyway, worth a browse; you will find something of interest.

Oct 14, 2017

I could comment on this book, which has little to do with Real Economics/Finance, but I would rather comment on their last week's show on NPR [Oct. 7, 2017] which I found typically disingenuous. They featured the ongoing meme about // our \\ trade with China over the past decade of 2000 to 2010 as being OK, but could have been handled better, instead of the actual hard facts of all jobs offshoring!
They did this by misciting the numbers, downplaying the actual number of offshored jobs [just one million, instead of the many millions of jobs offshored], never citing the actual number of factories and production facilities offshored [40,000 to Mexico after NAFTA, 70,000 to China], and cleverly confining those offshored jobs ONLY to China, NEVER mentioning all the jobs offshored to all those other countries like India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Ireland, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!
Nor do they mention how the US government aid is directed to those countries to support the corporate offshoring of jobs, e.g., US aid dispatched to Sri Lanka for instruction in employment at call centers - - then American call center jobs offshored to that country, et cetera!
Nor do they mention federal and state governmental jobs also offshored to foreign locales: the further dismantling of the US tax base. During the early 2000s in Seattle, the local chamber of commerce hosted seminars for locally-based corporations to most efficiently offshore local jobs - - using US Department of Commerce funds slated for this purpose!
Holy Mother of Corruption! ! !
And like all the fake news shows, they avoided mentioning all the other categories of offshored jobs, instead mentionging ONLY manufacturing jobs [also scientist, R&D, egineering, programming, technician, aviation mechanics and techs, medical, legal, et cetera]; yes, manufacturing jobs are important and the basis for much later innovation, but all categories should be covered!
When Micron Technology shut down a production facility in Idaho - - while opening up a factory in Malaysia - - they are simply doing a sleight-of-hand; the Fake Newsies will report the factory closing in Idaho, but never report on the new factory in Malaysia, which may very well have been subsidized with US government aid!? Anyway one views it, the plutocrats and oligarchs profit, while the workers are eternally screwed!

Oct 03, 2016

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes And Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance book is an inaccurate racist, Islamophobia book filled with hatred towards Islam. Terrorism has nothing to do with religion, but politically propaganda agenda. Iraq was already invaded way before 911, in fact more than 5000, 000 children were killed in Iraq in 2000 by America. Without 2000 invasion, 911 would of not have happend, but we will never know the true death population because UN stopped counting casualty wars since 1996.

Jun 29, 2016

I so enjoyed this book. I wish people were more open to strange/different ideas, and instead of making it political. That is what I like about the Freakanomics series. I like the child-like mentality to look at an issue.

Jun 09, 2016

Entertaining, enlightening, this gives a quirky economic take on a number of issues, primarily by trying to tease out the incentives (and misperceived incentives) among actors that contribute to the problem, much like the first book.

Jan 04, 2016

The Stevens have done it again.

The follow-up to the immensely popular Freakonomics could have easily been a rushed cash-grab, but the authors took their time crafting an entry worthy of the series and it paid off. SuperFreakonomics is another home run. Some readers might say it's more of the same, but that's not giving credit where it's due. Using their own brand of quirky economic reasoning to produce Freakonomics was a brilliant move, and to apply a similar but ever-evolving process to a new set of contentious societal problems isn't "more of the same." It's about growing a process that works.

As long as complex problems exist in the world, there will always be a place for the Freakonomics approach to solving them.

Dec 29, 2015

This book tackles many of the world’s interesting, complex, and/or ‘messy’ ideas and issues through economics. With the juxtapositions of seemingly unrelated topics (for example, ‘What do Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo Have in Common?’) and using a unique economic perspective that the authors title as ‘freakonomics’, there were many unexpected but entertaining points. I enjoyed this reading, and thought it was a good non-fiction book, being one of the few that can hold my attention.
Many good points were made, many issues were solved, and I learned that apparently monkeys can use money.

Sep 13, 2015

Good book. Microeconomics is something I have never really gotten into before or understood. This book objectively talks about everyday things and how they affect us.

I like it much better than Macroeconomics and the gambling and hype of the stock market.

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Sexual Content: Discusses prostitution


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