Finished Reading Freakonomics
Finished reading Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (P.S.) by Steven Levitt. Levitt argue that many seemingly mysterious events of everyday life aren’t mysteries at all. The events can be examined and made even more fascinating by asking the right questions and drawing connections. For example, Levitt traces the drop in violent crime rates to a drop in violent criminals. Levitt believes the Roe v. Wade decision preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship. In a section that may scare or relieve worried parents, Levitt argues that most parenting methods don’t really matter much and that a backyard swimming pool is much more dangerous than a gun.
Freakonomics is an easy quick read. Levitt turns an otherwise boring topic of economics into a fascinating book. I’m looking forward to reading the next book SuperFreakonomics.