Stephen Dubner


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An award-winning author, journalist and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is the co-author of the international bestseller Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics. Originally published in the U.S. in 2005, Freakonomics instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend more than two years on The New York Times bestseller list, having sold more than 4 million copies around the world, in more than 35 languages. Dubner and his co-author, the University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, have appeared widely on television and maintain the popular Freakonomics blog, which can be found on The New York Times website.

- Bestselling Author, Freakonomics and its follow-up book, Superfreakonomics
- Freakonomics Spent Over 2 Years on The New York Times bestseller list, with more than 4 million copies sold worldwide
- The Freakonomics Blog is hosted exclusively on The New York Times Website

Freakonomics gave the world permission to discuss the economics of crack cocaine and the impact of baby names. A book that is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than the first, Superfreakonomics retains that off-kilter sensibility (comparing, for instance, the relative dangers of driving while drunk versus walking while drunk) but also tackles a host of issues at the very centre of modern society: terrorism, global warming, altruism, and more. From the rarefied corridors of academia to the grimiest street corners, Dubner and Levitt bring you stories inspired by engineers and astrophysicists, psychotic killers and emergency-room doctors, amateur historians and transgender neuroscientists. They address the topics in this book with neither fear nor favor, letting numbers speak the truth. Levitt and Dubner don’t take sides. The economic approach isn’t meant to describe the world as any one of us might like it to be, or fear that it is, or pray that it becomes — but rather to explain what actually exists. Most of us want to fix or change the world in some fashion, however large or small. But in order to change the world, you first have to understand it. Believe it or not, if you can understand the incentives that lead a schoolteacher to cheat, you can understand how the subprime mortgage bubble came to pass.

Through forceful storytelling and wry insight, Dubner shows how economics is, at root, the study of incentives – that is, how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. FREAKONOMICS and Superfreakonomics show that the modern world, despite a great deal of complexity and downright deceit, is not impenetrable, is not unknowable, and—if the right questions are asked—is even more intriguing than we think. All it takes is a new way of looking.