"Freakonomics" is an interesting book, the concepts are tied in very well with the economic side. The subjects he decided to write about are stimulating and catch you off guard on how the world really looks like. The data he provides to support his arguments is mind altering, they change your perspective on what you can really believe and what you should go out to find a better answer for. It is not the same thing over again in each chapter, Levitt distorts them into completely different topics that economics deals with tying them together in a harmonious way.
The book is very dry and emotionless, it might be a struggle for some people to get through. If you are not into statistics and a lot of data this is not the book for you, it is packed full of that stuff. You have to be able to bare the topics he has chosen to write about. Other than that it is a good book, if you can get pass the fact of the large amount of statistics and very news like writing style, that is like you are reading off of the teleprompter straight from the source.
The main theme was to get to the conclusion economics governs the world and it is flexible in all fields, being able to be versatile in a variety of different subjects including sumo wrestlers and teachers cheating, abortion reducing crime, to perfect parenting. It is the force behind all things in the world and role in daily lives that our unconscious notices, but we are oblivious to our true surrounds, while economics sets us on the right path again. That the world is not what it seems and he has set out on a journey to find the answers using his degree to his benefit getting statistics and uncommon data.
My first book was "Holy the Firm" which was about a women that lived close to a hermits life for a couple months, observing everything in her daily life. It was more about ethical questions and interpretation of the reader on the point she was getting at. She talked about a changing God and other morals in life. While "Freakonomics is the complete opposite it deals with the whole world and everything is presented with data and straight forward. The are two very different books one on the life of any individual living with only the necessities for survival, but the other is world wide based with subject matters on a variety of aspects in life tied into economics. "Holy the Firm" comes from the beliefs in the mind and uses the readers mind to get a point across, "Freakonomics" uses data and real life situations to get statistics proving the point like we are watching the news.
In chapter three, this deals with the economics of drug-dealing. Most of the evidence in the chapter came from Sudhir Venkatesh, who studied a gang and got the financial records of it giving them to Levitt. This proved a common misconception of having wealthy dealers, where most of the money goes to the high ranked members, while the few get barely any. He compared the gang to McDonalds, where the few executive or manages of the
establishment prosper from the work of thousands of laborers. The data gave evidence that dealers get less than minimum wage and have a higher risk of death.
In chapter five Levitt talks about what makes a perfect parent from an economic view. He gathered support from his research that a child is at a higher risk of dying in a pool than playing with a gun by 100 times. And that positive parenting is more important than what you do, like where you are placed in socioeconomic status and parental education than any other practice. These factors are important in determining high standardized test scores in children include: highly educated parents, high socioeconomic status, maternal age of greater than thirty when the child was born, low birth weight, English as the primary language spoken in the home, and many books in the home environment. Additionally, if a child if adopted they tend to have lower standardized test scores than non-adopted children in the educational system.
In the introduction , he talks about the morality and economics in relation to each other. “Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work, whereas economics represents how it actually does work.” This explains the beliefs of the people are misguided on what the world really is like, but economics is like a dart hitting a bulls-eye, it is precise and shows whats true behind all of the corruption of our own minds. "Since the science of economics is primarily a set of tools, as opposed to a subject matter, then no subject, however offbeat, need be beyond its reach." Telling us that no matter what scenario it is, economics will always be able to come up with an answer to the questions of the world.
The most important element to this book would be the events. Events are the main thing in the book, while time and place are there, the events is what make the book and be able to be full of statistics about incentives of people for a better life. Without the events there would not be anything for "Freakonomics" to write and have data for. They provide the book with the subjects for the arguments in each chapter. Additionally, they provide a background of history around they world with the statistics from sumo wrestlers to giving a child a name in the U.S..