Freakonomics Book Report

I found the book to be a delightfully enlightening piece of literature that taught me the ploys and tactics of the business world, like how real estate agents winkle their buyers, while keeping me interested through many short anecdotes that take away the bore of a typical, formulaic economics book. Over all, the book’s general casual tone and its ability to make serious matters easy to read and enjoy made the book a good read. Freakishness is split up into six chapters, this first being on honesty and cheating.

When exploring honesty and cheating, Levity and Dubbed expose the thing that Sumo wrestlers and teachers have in common, they both cheat, cheers by making their testing scores higher than they actually are and Sumo wrestlers by rigging matches; both doing so, so that they can get a nice pay and funding. In the following chapter, the economists foil the scheme that car dealerships and real estate agents have been using to steal from buyers for ages, complexly worded marketing and overly-done presentation.

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In the chapter on convenience and questioning, the book brings up the truths about drug-dealing its relation to racial identity and poverty, and how to analyze all his. This chapter leads into the next one on crime, where Levity and Dubbed connect economical rises and downfalls to crime levels and what really brings them down. The final two chapters are on parenting, the first of the two focusing on raising a child and the last one on the effects of naming a child, both socially and, of course, economically. My overall opinion on Freakishness is that it was a fantastic read that I initially thought would bore me to death.

Knowing it was a business and economics book, I thought that it would be latent with spreads and graphs, filled with monotonous terms that belong in Wall Street reports and only Wall Street reports. Contrary to this, the book surprised me with its easiness of reading and its open tone, which allowed the reader to immerse themselves in the book because it didn’t threaten them. My particular favorite part of the book was the last chapter, which studied the effects and causes of a person’s name to their economic life.

It analyzed how people with ethnic or minority sounding names, like Desman or Main, are less likely to have a successful economic life and less likely to get a job when against a person named Jason or Molly. It was these sort of studies that really interested me in reading the book, because they took ordinary and trivial things, such as a person’s name, and completely followed how they reflect and effect our economic lives. Over all, I was happy that I chose Freakishness for my book report because it was an enjoyable, but educational, read.