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Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freaky Theories Don't | [John R. Lott]

Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freaky Theories Don't

Economics can explain everything, from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. As the blockbuster best-seller Freakonomics demonstrated, economics can explain everything - from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. But are the basic assumptions and conclusions in Freakonomics true? Does the free market usually lead to unintended and negative consequences?
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As the blockbuster best-seller Freakonomics demonstrated, economics can explain everything - from why people behave the way they do to how governments and businesses organize themselves. But are the basic assumptions and conclusions in Freakonomics true? Does the free market usually lead to unintended and negative consequences? Quite the opposite, says John Lott, who holds a Ph.D. in economics. In fact, says Lott, a wide range of fascinating and peculiar case studies prove the simple adage that if something is more costly, people will do less of it. And, in a refutation of Freakonomics' most controversial idea, Lott shows why legalized abortion leads to family breakdown, which leads to more crime.

©2007 John R. Lott, Jr, Ph.D; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

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    Gerald Helena, MT, USA 05-05-08
    Gerald Helena, MT, USA 05-05-08 Member Since 2002
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    "Repetitive conservative arguments"

    I enjoyed Freakanomics because they showed the details (correctly or incorrectly) of how they came to their conclusion. After listening to this book, I do question some of their findings.

    Unfortunately this author did not go into as much detail. I found myself constantly asking the author, "How do you know that is true?" Because of the lack of details and the author's conservative (no surprise by the title) views, I got the feeling this was more of a political book than economic book.

    Because of this, as the book went on, after giving an introduction to a problem, it was easy to guess which one the author would argue for. Even if it seemed to contradict what the author said earlier. As another reviewer said, this made the book seem repetitive in the end.

    It was a decent listen, just not great.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    James Beverly Hills, CA, United States 08-28-07
    James Beverly Hills, CA, United States 08-28-07 Member Since 2007
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    "Good start, low stamina"

    I really enjoyed the first half of this book, but found the last few hours a little repetitive.

    Would suggest that it is worth listening to, but if you believe in the power of an unrestricted market, then you would have already accepted the major concept in this book.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Aleksander Aas 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Huge mistake"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was a total mistake. I thought I'd get another perspective, but it's right-wing circle logic that just doesn't hold up. Stay away.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ry Jones Kirkland, WA 05-12-09
    Ry Jones Kirkland, WA 05-12-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Lott versus Levitt"

    Most of this book is a rejoinder to Freakonomics; in that, it is probably a success. It's rather hard to tell if Lott is motivated by animus for the material in Levitt's volume on Lott, rather than the desire to illuminate the topic; however, the result is another interesting volume on economics and how they apply to the masses. I suggest it as a libertarian companion to the socialist Freakonomics.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jared LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-25-09
    Jared LAS VEGAS, NV, United States 12-25-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Good text, mediocre presentation."

    The book was interesting, but the reading of the book left little differentiation between the author's comments and the numerous quotes and references the book relies on. A second reader to assist with these duties might have made the audiobook easier to follow.
    Also the reading was marred by strange inflections which seemed to suggest that many sentences in the text ended with a comma,


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Brandon Lincoln, NE, United States 05-02-12
    Brandon Lincoln, NE, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I'm a big free market guy but good lord"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It gives a pretty good explination of free market principles if someone doesn't have a great grasp of them.


    What could John R. Lott have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It is so dry an unengaging when compared with Freakonomics or any of Malcom Gladwell's books


    Which character – as performed by Brian Emerson – was your favorite?

    its non fiction, there are no characters, this question is ridiculous


    What character would you cut from Freedomnomics?

    ....and it goes on


    Any additional comments?

    Just read Milton Freidman or BOTH Adam Smith books and Atlas Shrugged and you've got it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Freak"

    What a right wing / tea party piece of rubbish!



    This book is the worst book i've download!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Karl
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    8/28/11
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    "Poor"

    Not a good listen and not that good a position economically. Not something I would recommend at all

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Gerard
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    "Unbelievable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The content is not credible. Essentially it is mainly a counter argument to Freakonomics.


    Would you ever listen to anything by John R. Lott again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not the issue


    What character would you cut from Freedomnomics?

    Not the issue


    Any additional comments?

    If you believe this then you would believe that the greedy people and corporations of this world are all working with the best of intentions and full justified.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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