This nonfiction book is about how economics theory can be used to explain wildly different concepts. The book is quite readable, and I enjoyed reading it.
The authors of this book are an Economist (Levitt) and a Journalist (Dubner), and they created a fascinating read. Among the topics addressed are why most drug dealers live with their mothers (unless you are near the top of the drug dealer hierarchy, the pay is terrible), why teachers might chest on statewide tests to appraise students (and how to catch the cheaters), and the effects of a given first name on one’s employment potential (and how first names are indicative of the mother’s level of education.
The book concludes with a goodly amount of extra material such as newspaper articles and excerpts from the Freakonomics weblog.
I very much enjoyed reading this book via Kindle on my tablet, and I will probably read the sequels to this book eventually.