Fascinating exploration of causation

Books by on May 5, 2006 at 6:07 pm

Fascinating exploration of causation

Review of: Freakonomics : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
By: David Naffziger
Rating: 5
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I thoroughly enjoyed Freakonomics - the authors provide a look at some popularly held beliefs about why things are they way they are.

Steven Levitt goes on to prove several fascinating points:
- teachers cheat on high stakes tests that their students take (and their cheating can be algorithmically discovered)
- car seats don’t save kids lives (I’ll probably still buy one though)
- and of course the finding that he is most notorious for: the legalization of abortion is responsible for the drop in crime in the 90s. I love the way he approaches problems (believe no one), and the analytical approach & counter-approach that he takes. Overall, it is an incredibly enjoyable read.


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