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Economics on Demand
How the World Works

Stephen J Dubner (US)

A prolific journalist, from a newspaper family, Stephen J Dubner is perhaps best known for his international bestseller Freakonomics. Written with University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, the book became a worldwide phenomenon, selling more than four million copies, in more than thirty languages.

Freakonomics is based on Levitt's original research. The two Stephens set out to explore the inner workings of the world around us - the unseen mechanisms that make things tick. They point out the clues to what is really going on; clues that are staring us in the face: The truth about real-estate agents; the myths of campaign finance; the telltale marks of a cheating schoolteacher, even the inner workings of a crack gang and the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan. By examining the forces that are working below the surface, Freakonomics shows that the modern world, despite all its complexity (and, to be honest, deceit), is not impenetrable. All it takes is a new way of looking.

The success of Freakanomics has spawned two sequals: Superfreakanomics, a further exploration into the unusual workings of the world, and Think Like A Freak: How to think smarter about almost everything, a guide to how to view the world different, to uncover hidden trends and make decisions accordingly. Stephen shows how economics is, at heart, the study of incentives; how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.

Stephen was an editor and writer for The New York Times, and has written for publications and appeared on broadcast media all over the world. Stephen and Stephen also write a monthly column for The New York Times, and maintain www.freakonomics.com, which has been called "the most readable economics blog in the universe."

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