Freakonomics, written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, puts a twist on the normal way to look at economics. The book compares Sumo Wrestlers to School Teachers and Asking questions like why do drug dealers still live with their mothers? It puts forth unordinary questions and concepts. Freakonomics seems to intrigue readers from every age to people who normally don’t want to read a book on the basics of economics. Levitt and Dubner put together this book to show economics from a different point of view and an easy read.
Both Levitt and Dubner don’t mainly enjoy doing math, but they do take pleasure in the stories that contradicted the way economist predicted the future to be. An example of this would be the crime rate. Many people predicted that it would go up due to the crime rate going up in the past years. They, of course, where wrong. The crime rates depleted do to an event that happened thirty years prier. The event was the legalization of abortions. More abortions lead to the decrease in children that would grow up in poor homes and commit crimes later in life.
Most of the answers to these questions are very obvious upon hearing them. That would be one reason why someone, Levitt and Dubner, would write a book, to explain simple situations with logical answers. They like any curious circumstances where the test of data appears to lead to an appealing conclusion. They put the answers plainly and easy to comprehend. Freakonomics uses a lot of collected data to explain simple events. They use supporting evidence from day cares across seas to baby names, from a book about the KKK to a man living with a gang for six years. Most of the evidence is from the first source and not handed down from fifteen different
people before getting to the authors. This makes the supporting data and details more accurate and less false.
A theme of this book could possibly include how data is used to explore the myths that people have such as why do drug dealers...