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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Steven D. Levitt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1967

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Illinois Connection

Levitt lives in Chicago and is a professor at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Steven D. Levitt graduated from Harvard University in 1989 with his B.A. in economics, and received his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1994. He is currently the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor and the director of The Becker Center on Price Theory at the University of Chicago. In 2004 he won the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded bi-annually by the American Economic Association to the most promising U.S. economist under the age of 40.

Published Works

  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything , William Morrow, 2005 - Stephen J. Dubner
  • SuperFreakonomics, Illustrated edition: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, William Morrow, 2010 - written with Stephen J. Dubner
  • Think Like a Freak, William Morrow, 2014 - written with Stephen J. Dubner
  • When to Rob a Bank: ... And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants, William Morrow, 2016 - written with Stephen J. Dubner

Selected Titles At Your Library

Freakonomics :
ISBN: 0739462563. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2005.

"In an age of too much wishful, faith-based conventional wisdom on the right and left, and too much intellectual endeavor squeezed into prefab ideological containers, Freakonomics is politically incorrect in the best, most essential way. Levitt and Dubner suss out all kinds of surprising truths--sometimes important ones, sometimes merely fascinating ones--by means of a smart, deep, rigorous, open-minded consideration of facts, with a fearless disregard for whom they might be upsetting. This is bracing fun of the highest order"--Book description.

Superfreakonomics :
ISBN: 0061941220. OCLC Number:

William Morrow,. New York :. ©2010.

This full-color illustrated and expanded edition of the "New York Times" bestseller adds a visual, superfreaky dimension to the already provocative thinking that made "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics" part of the national zeitgeist.

Think like a freak :
ISBN: 0062218336. OCLC Number:

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The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world's secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a practical toolkit for thinking differently -- thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. Along the way, you'll learn how the techniques of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion can help you, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, why Nigerian email scammers make a point of saying they're from Nigeria, and why Van Halen's demanding tour contract banning brown M & Ms was really a safety measure. You'll learn why sometimes it's best to put away your moral compass, and smarter to think like a child. You will be given a master class in incentives -- because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. And you will learn to quit before you fail, because you can't solve tomorrow's problem if you aren't willing to abandon today's dud.

When to rob a bank :
ISBN: 0062385801. OCLC Number:

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A curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the universe. Over the past decade, Levitt and Dubner freely admit that most of their posts were rubbish. But now they've gone through and picked the best of the best. You'll discover what people lie about, and why; the best way to cut gun deaths; why it might be time for a sex tax; and, yes, when to rob a bank. (Short answer: never; the ROI is terrible.).

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