Analysis Of The Book ' Freakonomics '

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Hailey Carrillo

Mrs. Reinhart

AP English Language and Composition

3 August 2016


1. Give the title, author, genre, and date of original publication.

Freakonomics is the title of this nonfiction book; it was written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. On April 12, 2005, by HarperCollins.

2. What is author’s purpose for writing the book? Write a paragraph summarizing the main argument or purpose.

In this unique book, economist Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, an award-winning author and journalist team up to create a powerful and freakish work that challenges the typical rules of economics. “Economics is above all a science of measurement. It comprises an extraordinarily powerful and flexible set of tools that can reliably assess a thicket of information to determine the effect of any one factor, or even the whole effect. That’s what “the economy” is, after all: a thicket of information about jobs and real estate and banking and investment. But the tools of economics can be just as easily applied to subjects that are more—well, more interesting.”(Dubner, Levitt 11). That is exactly what this book is all about, not just the value of money but the way resources are managed and how different factors affect one another. In Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner collaborate to “explore the hidden side of everything” (Dubner, Levitt 1). Through this writing, the two men evaluate everyday situations in life and ask questions that have not yet

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