Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Super-Sizing Economics

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner hit it big with Freakonomics (2006), a still wildly popular book about looking at everyday issues through the lens of an economist.

The book has been published in 34 different languages and has sold more than 4 million copies. Who knew such a snooze-o-riffic social science could be made interesting with provocative questions such as What do Schoolteachers and Sumo Wrestlers Have in Common?

The author team is back with Superfreakonomics, asking and answering a new series of provocative questions. Levitt is a University of Chicago economics professor and Dubner, a writer for the NYT and The New Yorker, among others.