Just little ol' me
This is another example of economists solving all types problems by using data. They tear down many common perceptions why things happen with actual data. The thrust of the book is explaining how people respond to incentives, but in a counter intuitive way.
I listen to books on my long commute.
I love this book in that it gives many interesting, factual tidbits wrapped around interesting main stories. The research is unique and presented in an engaging way.
The hook for each section made you wonder how two very different things could be related.
Where it explains what Al Gore and Mount Pinatubo have in common
Everyday things explained in a new way.
I'll keep buying these books if they keep making them like this.
Don't get me wrong, this book is very interesting. But it falls just short of the podcast that comes out about 2 times a month. Mainly because the podcast has a little bit better production value. But that is really the only beef I had. It is still a very fun listen. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you are like me, and you like using some of the topics to start fun debates with your friends
This book continues the fresh, skeptical and illuminating look at things that was introduced in the first book, Freakonomics. But the threads tying together the topics in each chapter are weaker than before, so the narrative moves from one to another without providing a clear sense of the link that led the authors. However, the analysis -- and in some cases how the analysis came about -- still is fascinating. Maybe a better title would have been
I was worried about some reviews that considered this more sensational then scientific. The authors try to convey the science in an interesting way. I was satisfied.
As with Freakonomics, this was an interesting listen. I recommend it to anyone who has read or listened to the first book.
I loved loved loved this book. Packed with information, knowledge, observations that tie together to make a very interesting picture of the world around us. I learned a lot from this book. I wish I had to read things like this in high school and college. I wouldn't have spent so many years breaking my head, trying to figure out how this world works REALLY, (not how we wish it did.) I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand incentive/ human motivation better, how to take advantage of opportunities, and also simply anyone who is interested to know how this world operates.
The books is good but the writer is very confused about the ultimate patent troll company who kills innovation. I am talking about Intelectual Ventures and all the hundreds of shadows corporations they registered to sue people like lodsys and oasis.
This American Life did an excellent job on a story ("Patent Wars") to expose Intelectual Ventures and their hoard of lawyers.
They don't innovate they kill innovation.
Great book. As good as the first, with the exception of, knowing what to expect. Very thought provoking. Who new micro economics could be so interesting!