Sunday, April 15, 2012
There are several purposes to writing Freakonomics, and some may be harder to understand than others. Levitt, an economist, seems to like to find the meaning behind things that occur because of the complexities of the human race. In Freakonomics, Levitt explores the hidden causes and effects of somewhat controversial phenomena that may often be overlooked in today's modern-day society. Therefore, the purpose for writing this book is to inform why and how events and trends are misinterpreted among American citizens. An example of this exploration is when Levitt explains the economics behind drug dealing, and why they still live with their mothers. Another oddity that Levitt explores is the misconception that if a political candidate puts forth more money in his running, the more likely he is to win. He provides believable details and simple common sense that left me thinking, "Ohhhh, why didn't I think of that?!".