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Hipsters do econ.(Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything)(Book Review)

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything By Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner Morrow & Company, 256 pages, $25.95

University of Chicago pop-economist Steven Levitt and writer Stephen Dubner revel in eccentricity and seldom miss a chance to surprise readers with brash comparisons that are less impressive than advertised. The first chapter of Freakonomics juxtaposes sumo wrestlers and school teachers, producing the hardly stunning conclusion that both groups contain persons willing to cheat when stakes are high. Elsewhere, Levitt and Dubner link the Ku Klux Klan with real estate agents by noting that both have access to inside information. The operative principle in these "Who'd a thunk it? …

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