Freakonomics caused a sensation when it was first published in 2005 and Steven Levitt’s perspective has been making waves ever since. It focusses on the motivations that, according to the author’s ways of thinking, really underlie seemingly unrelated phenomena. Actions and behaviours that we might otherwise dismiss as ‘free will’ or ‘common sense’ are rigorously analysed from the perspective of economic theory with surprising results.

Aug 7, 2014