Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner


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Show Notes:

In Freakonomics (written with Stephen J. Dubner), Levitt argues that many apparent mysteries of everyday life don’t need to be so mysterious: they could be illuminated 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 and, digging further, to the Roe v. Wade decision that preempted the existence of some people who would be born to poverty and hardship.

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Our Cocktail Party Statements:

Aaron: What appears to be on the outside, once you dig deeper is a different story

Karin: Incentives are the cornerstone of modern life – questioning conventional wisdom will lead you to unexpected answers.

Phil: Rethink the obvious

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What’s this? Explanation of the CPI.