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Freakonomics: Un economista politicamente incorrecto explora el lado oculta de lo que nos afecta [Paperback]

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Item description for Freakonomics: Un economista politicamente incorrecto explora el lado oculta de lo que nos afecta by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner...

The author presents his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy.

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Presenting economics as the underlying connection between seemingly unrelated events or phenomena, this international bestseller establishes a new way of looking at the world. The authors explain the hidden side of everything, from violent crime, parenting, and baby names to the Ku Klux Klan and real estate, demonstrating how economics isn't just about numbers, but a study of incentives—how people get what they need and want when others need and want the same thing. 
Comprobando que el estudio de la economía puede explicar como se relacionan fenómenos distintos, este bestseller internacional establece una nueva manera de ver al mundo. Los autores explican el lado escondido de todo, desde crímenes violentos y nombres de bebes hasta el Ku Klux Klan y bienes raíces, demostrando que el estudio de la economía es un estudio de los incentivos: el modo en que las personas obtienen lo que desean o necesitan, especialmente cuando otras personas desean o necesitan lo mismo.

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Pages   250
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.74 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2006
Publisher   Ediciones B
ISBN  8466625127  
ISBN13  9788466625128  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Steven D. Levitt is a professor of economics at the university of Chicago and an editor of the Journal of Political Economy. In January 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark medal--for the economist under 40 who made the greatest contribution to the discipline--by the American Economic Association.

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un libro sin "tema unificador"  Feb 16, 2007
el sr levitt escribe un libro en el que se pretende no tener un tema unificador, como prodría ser algún tópico de microeconomia o de calculo financiero. Pero el enfoque dado en el texto tiende a favorecer un analisis de diversas situaciones que ocurren en las sociedades desde el punto de vista de hechos verificables, a la luz de los datos confiables, y de un pensamiento no aprisionado bajo algún estereotipo fijado de antemano sino aquel de refutar las creencias populares convencionales.
Not the sum of its parts  Dec 12, 2006
Let me preface this by saying how psyched I was to read this. Copies at the library were perpetually checked out so when I finally planned ahead and got it on hold I had some anticipation going. This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't the sum of it's parts.

Each chapter goes into an interesting article on some topic. The best of these for me was the analysis of race and trends in baby names. Something like a third of black babies in California have a name that no other baby in the state has. White babies tend to have the same names as one another. One of the more blah chapters for me was about how the crime drop in the 90s was a result of abortion being legalized. The authors show coorellation but crime is very complex, and the treatment so brief that this seems political and not deep at all. Politics isn't taboo at all, but here it seems to be driving the authors and that doesn't lead to fun interesting eddies. Basically the chapters are a mixed bag. Some are pretty good. Some could easily have been left out, because they just weren't so well done and seem unfocused. They fit together to make a bunch of stand-alone articles, not a single whole book.

Almost any chapter from this book would be good to read. On the other hand, hearing about any one chapter is probably going to raise your expectations. If you like the snippets you hear, then buying the book will get you a heap of those snippets. If you are cool with that then go for it.
Excellent read - Inspired thinking  Aug 15, 2006
The basic premise of this book is that statistical analysis in the service of micro-economics can be used to illuminate how people actually behave. (This is distinct from the related question of how people ought to be behave, which properly belongs in the realm of ethics or, more dubiously, religion and politics.) In a world that is increasingly divided into murderous factions fueled by absurd beliefs based on centuries-old "wisdom", this book is a breath of fresh air, and its empirical approach to everyday life would do much good, if adopted by world leaders.
Bla Bla the moon is in Uranus  Aug 9, 2006
Uhm, the decision in Roe v. Wade did not hold that abortion was legal, but that it was a fundamental right under the constitution thus states could not make it illegal. Abortion was legal in many states [maybe most] before Roe. Roe challenged her state's law prohibiting abortion on constitutional grounds. Seems this author is confusing correlation with causation. Maybe this author would hold the Eugenics movement also as socially beneficial [by socially I mean the conservative whitey, and by beneficial I mean fascist]

If you want a good book that tells a good account on the crime rate decline in the 90s read "A New York Murder Mystery." Written by sociologist whom [surprisingly] doesn't make logical leaps by tying bald conclusions to Popular Knowledge ["oh I've heard of Roe v. Wade thus I conclude that I understand what I am reading as true"] In 'Murder Mystery' the author collects many accounts or claims to the decline of crime in the 90s, gives each a detailed investigation, analysis, massive data, and as more as a scientist than a sociologist exposes the weakness of each claim but kindly leaves it to the reader to realize the complete debunking of these claims. Also, the more open reader will determine that the strongest empirical factors for the drop in crime were the strong economy and immigration... That's right conservatives, warmongering, voodoo economics and bigotry = 2006; i.e., greatest deficit, increase in crime, drug use, poverty, ignorance, intelligent design, etc.

Advice; stay away from this pseudoscience garbage, it will only make you dumber [or more dumb]

Over-Rated  Jul 8, 2006
I really thought this book was pretty crappy. Between the generous margins, double spacing, gratuitous data tables and lists, quotes by various media sources attesting to the authors' and their work's greatness, and the fact that they draw out their points and explanations so much, one wonders whether they are striving for clarity or just filling up space. There are some interesting issues discussed, but in such an unsophisticated manner why even bother with a book? I can get the same level of quality and depth from Headline News, and much quicker at that. And the, as the authors put it, "penultimate" chapter on how parents are unable to make any difference in their children's future is just downright confusing. Not because the point is difficult to grasp, just that it's so poorly explained. The point is that parents' actions do affect how their children turn out but there is really nothing that they can do through conscious effort to improve their parenting skills. Now this is nowhere stated explicitly in the book. And in fact the chapter seems to say that on the one hand parents do have an effect on their children based on such and such data, but on the other hand they have NO effect. What?

Further, the book is sensational. The authors have brought us all this wisdom from a few studies and anecdotes and present it as if the questions it addresses are settled. But even the authors admit that "... an expert whose argument reeks of restraint or nuance often doesn't get much attention (148)." Is this ironic or a conceit?

This book is an extremely easy read and I would seriously hope that anyone with a half-way decent college education would find very little value in this simplistic pulp.

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