Superfreakonomics

Superfreakonomics
Title Superfreakonomics PDF eBook
Author Stephen J. Dubner
Publisher Penguin UK
Pages 288
Release 2010-06-24
Genre Business & Economics
ISBN 0141967986

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Steven Levitt, the original rogue economist, and Stephen Dubner have spent four years uncovering the hidden side of even more controversial subjects, from terrorism to shark attacks, cable TV to hurricanes. The result is Superfreakonomics. It reveals, among other things: - Why you are more likely to be killed walking drunk than driving drunk - How a prostitute is more likely to sleep with a policeman than be arrested by one - Why terrorists might be easier to track down than you would imagine - How a sex change could boost your salary Because sometimes the most superfreaky solution is the simplest.




Freakonomics

Freakonomics
Title Freakonomics PDF eBook
Author Steven D. Levitt
Publisher
Pages 411
Release 2007
Genre
ISBN 9783442154517

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Sind Swimmingpools gefährlicher als Revolver? Warum betrügen Lehrer? Der preisgekrönte Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Steven D. Levitt kombiniert Statistiken, deren Zusammenführung und Gegenüberstellung auf den ersten Blick absurd erscheint, durch seine Analysetechnik aber zu zahlreichen Aha-Effekten führt. Ein äußerst unterhaltsamer Streifzug durch die Mysterien des Alltags, der uns schmunzeln lässt und stets über eindimensionales Denken hinausführt.




SuperFreakonomics

SuperFreakonomics
Title SuperFreakonomics PDF eBook
Author Steven D. Levitt
Publisher
Pages 348
Release 2011
Genre
ISBN 9783442156788

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SuperFreakonomics

SuperFreakonomics
Title SuperFreakonomics PDF eBook
Author Steven D. Levitt
Publisher Editions Gallimard
Pages 370
Release 2011-09
Genre
ISBN 9782070443451

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Avec Freakonomics, leur premier livre (Folio actuel numéro 132), Levitt et Dubner ont transformé notre regard sur le monde en appliquant les méthodes de l'économie aux petites bizarreries de la vie quotidienne. SuperFreakonomics aborde une nouvelle série de questions aussi insolites les unes que les autres. La méthode économique n'est ici ni une simple discipline universitaire ni une stricte explication mathématique de l'"économie", mais un instrument dont il faut se servir pour décrire comment nous prenons des décisions : c'est le mariage de la méthode économique et de la curiosité iconoclaste. Finalement, il ressort de toutes ces démonstrations une redoutable évidence : les êtres humains, que l'économie traite en sujets rationnels et calculateurs, ne font qu'obéir aux incitations.




Super Freakonomics

Super Freakonomics
Title Super Freakonomics PDF eBook
Author Steven D. Levitt
Publisher William Morrow
Pages 0
Release 2009-10-20
Genre Business & Economics
ISBN 9780060889579

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The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling over four million copies in thirty-five languages and changing the way we look at the world. Now, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics, and fans and newcomers alike will find that the freakquel is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first. Four years in the making, SuperFreakonomics asks not only the tough questions, but the unexpected ones: What's more dangerous, driving drunk or walking drunk? Why is chemotherapy prescribed so often if it's so ineffective? Can a sex change boost your salary? SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, exploring the hidden side of everything with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? Why are doctors so bad at washing their hands? How much good do car seats do? What's the best way to catch a terrorist? Did TV cause a rise in crime? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Are people hard-wired for altruism or selfishness? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Which adds more value: a pimp or a Realtor? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically. By examining how people respond to incentives, they show the world for what it really is – good, bad, ugly, and, in the final analysis, super freaky. Freakonomics has been imitated many times over – but only now, with SuperFreakonomics, has it met its match.




Openness to Creative Destruction

Openness to Creative Destruction
Title Openness to Creative Destruction PDF eBook
Author Arthur M. Diamond, Jr.
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 304
Release 2019-05-01
Genre Business & Economics
ISBN 0190263687

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Life improves under the economic system often called "entrepreneurial capitalism" or "creative destruction," but more accurately called "innovative dynamism." Openness to Creative Destruction: Sustaining Innovative Dynamism shows how innovation occurs through the efforts of inventors and innovative entrepreneurs, how workers on balance benefit, and how good policies can encourage innovation. The inventors and innovative entrepreneurs are often cognitively diverse outsiders with the courage and perseverance to see and pursue serendipitous discoveries or slow hunches. Arthur M. Diamond, Jr. shows how economies grow where innovative dynamism through leapfrog competition flourishes, as in the United States from roughly 1830-1930. Consumers vote with their feet for innovative new goods and for process innovations that reduce prices, benefiting ordinary citizens more than the privileged elites. Diamond highlights that because breakthrough inventions are costly and difficult, patents can be fair rewards for invention and can provide funding to enable future inventions. He argues that some fears about adverse effects on labor market are unjustified, since more and better new jobs are created than are destroyed, and that other fears can be mitigated by better policies. The steady growth in regulations, often defended on the basis of the precautionary principle, increases the costs to potential entrepreneurs and thus reduces innovation. The "Great Fact" of economic history is that after at least 40,000 years of mostly "poor, nasty, brutish, and short" humans in the last 250 years have started to live substantially longer and better lives. Diamond increases understanding of why.




Works like a Charm

Works like a Charm
Title Works like a Charm PDF eBook
Author Robert O. McDonald
Publisher State University of New York Press
Pages 357
Release 2023-08-01
Genre Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN 1438494106

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Works like a Charm addresses a simple question: Why are “incentives” everywhere now? From inducements to work harder at our jobs to tax rebates for corporations, “incentive” names a general theory of motivation—according to economists, we are incentive-driven creatures. Yet far from being a neutral generalization, this understanding of human behavior smuggles in a quintessentially economic way of seeing the world. Works like a Charm applies Jacques Lacan's psychoanalytic concept of retroactive causality to explain the metastasis of the language and logic of incentives: To discover an incentive is to place in the untouchable past an economic cause for a contextual, historical force. Tracing “incentive” from its roots in antiquity to its uptake by neoclassical and then Chicago-school economists, Robert O. McDonald diagnoses the spread of incentives across the social, cultural, and political field and warns readers of the dangers of handing over causality to the economists.