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Super Freakonomics [Audio Book Review]

Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance is the second book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. One of the authors narrates the audio book, and the book shares this common theme among seemingly unrelated stories: people respond to incentives. [So very true!]

The book describes behavioral and experimental economics including television to empower women, prostitutes compared to department store Santa Clauses and trophy wives, disparities in male and female income among transgendered people and Harvard grads, birthday “bulges” impacting professional sports, gaps in emergency medicine architecture and design, bystander apathy, and cheap and simple problem fixes (including those in health and health care).

I was fascinated with discussions surrounding the economics of terroristic fear, the economics of altruism, and the law of unintended consequences. The book made me think and question and brainstorm. I love that. Give it a whirl; I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book, as well!