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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Campus Verlag Gmbh (April 2007)
  • Language: German
  • ISBN-10: 9783593383163
  • ISBN-13: 978-3593383163
  • ASIN: 3593383160
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.8 x 14.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Mullen on 29 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this without realising that it's a severely abridged (one Audio CD, running time 65min or so) German language version of Freakonomics - My Deutsch is *extremely* rusty ;)

Can't fully judge the product of course, although I enjoyed the book, but a book as shortened as this has to be of limited value.
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Essays on Observed Facts 13 Dec. 2012
By Acute Observer - Published on
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Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner

Steven D. Levitt won an award for "the best American economist under forty". Stephen J. Dubner is a journalist. This very readable book may educate you about things you never thought about. It may also mislead you as well. The 'Introduction' asserts that the massive crime drop in the 1990s was due to the US Supreme Court's legalization of abortion in 1973. With fewer poor children, there were fewer future criminals. But this does not explain the bubble in the late 1990s stock market! Or the rising indebtedness and poverty since 1973. You have to be careful about agreeing with the stories they are telling, or selling. If morality prescribes how things should work, economics shows how things actually work.

Chapter 1 tells about cheating by schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers. The sumo wrestlers who spoke out were bumped off (p.44). Small communities have less street crime, because of social incentives (p.49). Cheating seems to be part of human nature, getting a bargain. The weather is a factor (p.49)! There is a social factor: executives did more cheating (p.50). Chapter 2 explains the KuKlux Klan as the terrorist arm of the white establishment (p.58). They oppressed those who sought a better life (p.57). The book claims the stories of "Superman" reduced membership in the Klan (p.65), but couldn't the post-war prosperity also have contributed? They then discuss the methods and language of real estate agents (pp.72-75). Chapter 3 discusses "conventional wisdom" of popular beliefs. They often come from advertising or other special interests (pp.90-93). There is a story on the economics of crack dealers (pp.93-108). Crack cocaine devastated Black Americans (pp.109-114). Shutting down factories was another cause.

Chapter 4 asked what caused crime to plummet after 1990? The authors discuss the reasons. [Is imprisonment a special form of welfare?] When guns and the homicide rates are compared, note the lack of mention of South America (p.131). [Gun buyback in 2003 New Brunswick NJ was followed by double the murders the next year!] Legalization of abortion was followed by a drop in crime (1973-1991). Early legalization states saw crime rates fall (p.140). No comment on the economic effects. Chapter 5 says there is a vast and diverse flock of parenting experts (p.147). How many have laboratory experiments for their advice? Consider the danger of a backyard pool (p.149). The per-hour death rate from driving or flying is about equal (p.151). Innovations in child safety result from marketing new products (p.153). Would school choice work? Studies suggest it barely matters (p.158). Except for those who went to a technical school (p.159). Practical skills result in a solid career. There are differences between rural, suburban, and urban schools (p.166). A high socioeconomic status suggests the family connections that help (p.168). Does Head Start help future test scores (p.170)?

Chapter 6 considers the effects of a child's name. One judge has noted the strange names of some offenders (p.180). Isn't this an effect of society's treatment of an individual? Since the early 1970s blacks have been giving unique names. The list is on pages 184-186. The effect is for job interviews, again the effect of society's treatment. There is a correlation between a baby's name and the parents' socioeconomic status (p.190). But these names shift over time. A name popular with high-income parents will be later adopted by lower-income parents. The 'Epilogue' tells of two boys from Chicago who made it to Harvard. The black boy was abandoned by his mother, beaten by his father, and a gangster in his teens. He is now a Harvard economist. The white boy had smart loving parents who stressed education. He made it to Harvard, but later left to live as a hermit in Montana. Which of them is better known (p.207)?
The Product came in GERMAN! 2 Oct. 2013
By Bichhang T. Pham - Published on
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I don't know where it was specified that it would be in German. THis is a good book, but it's not in my language, so I rescind my 1 star rating and give it 3 stars because I realise I'm rating the product and not the sellers of this product.... it's very interesting, and I'm still trying to read the rest of the book! It talks about correlations that people would have never thought of!
Learn to think! 6 Mar. 2014
By Joe - Published on
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Most of us are never taught how to think. This author knows how. Read his book. Know what it means to think.

No, I did not say 'what to think'. We humans are prone to so many pitfalls when it comes to perceiving our world and the behavior of others. Authors like Dubner are more aware of their biases and have learned how not to stumble over them while getting to the facts.
Viele originalen Ideen darin 3 Feb. 2014
By Lenka Andrýsová - Published on
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Sehr interessant... Viele originalen Ideen in diesem Buch. Ich empfehle es zu den Leuten, den die Welt anders sehen mochten und die vor den Fragen nicht Angst haben.
Makes for good conversation 19 Aug. 2011
By Fay Choban - Published on
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I'm not a statistician so I don't know how completely accurate his assumptions are but the book sure makes for a fun read and gives you great stories to share with others.
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