Sunday, October 18, 2009


Economist Steven Levitt of the University of Chicago and journalist Stephen Dubner have 'freaked out' again and their new book 'Superfreakonomics' will be released tomorrow (20th Oct.). Levitt who was mentored by the Nobel laureate Gary Becker is an economist with a difference. He revels in raising "questions that are too embarrassing and degrading for other economists to find interesting". The world will be richer if we have such experts in every field.
Despite the apparent triviality and quirkiness of issues proffered by the authors, their method is rigorous. Levitt says he applies data in an unemotional way to emotional issues. The authors' earlier bestseller 'Freakonomics' is credited with having sold more than 4 million copies.

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