Is it Economics--or Freakonomics? Book Review by Nicky

Is it Economics--or Freakonomics?
A review of Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt's "Freakonomics".
# 144878 | 1,618 words | 1 source | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 14, 2010 in Literature (American) , Sociology (Theory) , Economics (General)

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The paper discusses Dubner and Levitt's "Freakonomics" that examines the real causes behind human behavior and disregards
conventional, politically-correct norms of behavior. The paper considers the policy prescriptions that follow from the authors' suggestions, particularly in light of the current economic crisis.
The paper asserts that the book is provoking and challenging in its analysis, although it is no more of a complete explanation for various social phenomena than classical economics and classical social theory.

From the Paper:

"The book is structured along the lines of a number of very eye-catching, humorous titles such as: "Chapter 1: What Do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?" The book explains why rewarding teachers for their class' sterling performance on standardized test encourages teachers, however unintentionally to help students cheat on the test. While some teachers may not bald-facedly 'give the answers' to their students, because their own reputations and the reputations of their schools rest upon test performance, they feel pressured to allow students to engage in unethical behavior, such as answering leading questions about the test material, teaching actual test questions in the review. The net result of the incentive of rewarding high levels of collective test performance unintentionally contributes to a policy that does not realize the ultimate goal of having a standardized test in general, namely measuring student performance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dubner, Stephen & Steven Levitt. Freakonomics. New York: William Morrow, 2006.

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