Written on July 4, 2011. Written by .

This book started out pretty good, but ended up losing steam after the introduction. It is basically a collection of psychological/sociological insights that were gained by means of the quantitative analytical tools of economics. It talks about several random examples, which are fairly interesting, but the presentation seems drawn out and occasionally boring. It discusses how outlawing abortion causes an increase in criminals, debunks some myths about parenting, exposes cheating by teachers and sumo wrestlers, explores the incentives of drug dealers, explains why real estate agents don’t always act in their clients’ best interest, and outlines trends in baby names.

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