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

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The international bestselling Freakquel to Levitt and Dubner's Freakonomics, this book sees them looking deeper, questioning harder and uncovering even more hidden truths about our world, from global cooling to patriotic prostitutes, drunk walking to why suicide bombers should buy life insurance. "Mind-blowing." (Wall Street Journal). "Page-turning, politically incorrect and ever-so-slightly intoxicating, like a large swig of tequila." (The Times). "Like Freakonomics but are guaranteed a good time." (Financial Times). "Great fun...Levitt is a master at drawing counter-intuitive conclusions." (Sunday Times). "Studded with intriguing examples." (Daily Telegraph).

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  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 200 x 18mm | 220g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0141030704
  • 9780141030708
  • 1,607

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Like Freakonomics, but better ... thrilling ... you are guaranteed a good time ... underneath the dazzle, there is substance too -- Tim Harford Financial Times Levitt is a master at drawing counter-intuitive conclusions ... great fun ... Superfreakonomics travels further than its predecessor -- Tom Standage Sunday Times A humdinger ... Page-turning, politically incorrect and ever-so-slightly intoxicating, like a large swig of tequila The Times

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About Steven D. Levitt

Steven D. Levitt teaches economics at the University of Chicago. His idiosyncratic economic research into areas as varied as guns and game shows has triggered debate in the media and academic circles. He recently received the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Medal, awarded every two years to the best American economist under forty. Stephen J. Dubner lives in New York City. He writes for The New York Times and the New Yorker, and is the bestselling author of Turbulent Souls and Confessions of a Hero-Worshipper. In August 2003 Dubner wrote a profile of Levitt in The New York Times magazine. The extraodinary response that article received led to a remarkable collaboration.

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In the same spirit as the first book from Levitt and Dubner, Superfreakonomics covers a multitude of topics that range from the often pondered to the previously overlooked. In their efforts to bring facts and figures to the world of human behaviour they delve into the world of prostitutes and real estate, climate change, altruism, seatbelts, hygiene in hospitals, and many more. These present sometimes surprising, and oftentimes alarming results. Superfreakonomics is broad ranging in its subject areas but the reader is never left with a feeling of confusion as the authors present their evidence in a highly accessible way, even for the least economically minded. A great follow up to Freakonomics!show more
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