Thursday, February 18, 2010

Book review: Superfreakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen Dubner

I read Freakonomics a couple of years ago, and had a hard time getting into it. I found this one a lot more interesting. One thing I learned is to listen to these on audio. For some reason, the information was easier to digest.

Levitt and Dubner take on microeconomics, the study of how a small segment of the economy works. They studied the supply and demand variables in prostitution, economic behaviors of terrorists and not only how they are detected (as well as how they might avoid detection), the science and economics of global warming and the relative impacts of shopping local, reducing one's carbon footprint and driving a Prius.

All in all, it was much more interesting and easier to get into than the previous book. The reader is engaging, and I think that makes it easier to get through some of the drier parts. It's an interesting read/listen, and as much about sociology as it is about economics.

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