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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interessante Lektüre mit überraschenden Einsichten, 6. Juni 2005
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Der Titel des Buches ist schon ein wenig dämlich. Ansonsten ist "Freakonomics" aber ein interessant geschriebenes Buch mit zum Teil überraschenden Einsichten.
Einige der Thesen sind natürlich gerade in den USA sehr kontrovers, auf der anderen Seite bemüht sich der Autor schon, diese mit belastbaren Daten zu hinterlegen.
Mein Lieblingskapitel war das, welches beschreibt warum Drogenhändler meist noch zuhause wohnen. Es beschreibt nicht nur sehr schlüssig, warum dies so ist, sondern gibt auch beeidruckende Einblicke, wie mutige junge Forscher abseits des Establishments an Ihre Informationen kommen.
Zwei Dinge haben mich an dem Buch gestört: einmal die etwas aufdringlichen Lobeshymnen zwischen den Kapiteln, die irgendwelchen Zeitungsartikeln entnommen wurden. Und zum anderen, dass teilweise doch etwas umfängliche Daten abgedruckt wurden. Man könnte das Seitenschinden nennen.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Die richtige Fragen werden gestellt und beantwortet, 18. Juli 2005
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Gutes Buch, hab es jetzt halb durch. Die Geschichten sind spannend und werden ohne die klassische ökonomische Trickkiste erzählt. Der Author wird mir ein wenig zu viel im Buch gelobt. Ist nicht das erste Buch das ich mir zur Aufheiterung der trockenen Materie im Studium leiste. Gut zu lesen ist es und bringt einen oft dazu weiter über die täglichen Rätsel nachzudenken.Das Buch geht in Richtung "Sex, Drugs and Economics" bzw. eins meiner Lieblingsbücher "The Armchair Economist".
VORSICHT: Rough Cut bedeutet wohl das die Ränder der Seiten ausgefranzt sind. Sieht nicht so toll aus und es blättert sich nicht so leicht. Umschlag und sonstige Erscheinung sind tiptop. Mir war das vorher nicht klar und ich wollte schon retournieren. Hab das Buch aber dann trotzdem behalten und nicht bereut.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Multiple-Regression Statistical Analysis Put on an Easy-to-Understand Pedestal, 25. Juli 2006
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Ask most people if they want to understand statistics . . . and they run in the opposite direction. That's too bad because these days anyone who can run a personal computer can perform sophisticated statistical analysis using relatively affordable software like SPSS. Freakonomics may open a few minds by showing that much of what the conventional wisdom is . . . is wrong.

Economics has been traditionally focused on writing equations to explain "how things should work" assuming that nothing else changes. That's the rub. Everything else does change . . . and the theories don't work in practice. You've all heard the resulting economist jokes.

Steven Levitt does something that academics don't like anyone to do: He looks for interesting, practical questions and devises simple, straightforward solutions.

His method is usually pretty simple. He looks for patterns by using regression programs and then thinks about what the regressions might mean. That often leads to a trip to some other data, and eventually the correct cause-and-effect pattern emerges. It's like the invention methods of champion tinkerer Thomas A. Edison. Keep trying until something practical works. Fortunately, with today's computers you don't have to wait very long. The biggest challenges are in finding the right data sets, as this book shows through its example of why drug dealers usually live with their mothers.

The book indicts the media and many so-called experts who simply haven't done their homework. As a result, you can spend a lot of time being misinformed by reading the latest Congressional testimony, the latest think-tank study or by watching a talking head debate on television. The lesson: Be skeptical unless you see the data and the analyses, as they are displayed in this book's few examples.

In the book, you will find out how statistics can identify some of those who cheat (whether they are teachers or sumo wrestlers) and how economic incentives slant behavior (how real estate brokers sell their own property versus selling yours). You will encounter a novel argument that Roe v. Wade has reduced the violent crime rate. You'll find an even more interesting argument about how to equate the value of reduced crime to the cost of abortions.

More favorably, there are case studies on how accurate information trumps bad or misleading information to the benefit of us all.

The book ends up on a largely unsatisfying statistical look at nature versus nurture . . . and pretty much dismisses nurture when it comes to child-raising.

So it's a grab bag of topics, mixed with lots of hero worship (by co-author Stephen J. Dubner for co-author Steven D. Levitt).

Why is this book selling so well? I couldn't figure it out. It doesn't have the elegance and relevance of The Tipping Point. It's about statistics, and hardly anyone wants to read about that.

So I asked my wife and younger daughter. They both knew the book was a best seller (obviously it has good media play). They both loved the cover . . . especially the illustration of an apple that when you cut into it reveals an orange. They also liked the title (both finding economics pretty freaky). I nominate whoever came up with that cover concept and title for the best "you can't tell a book by its cover" award for 2005.

So what does Freakonomics have to do with apples and oranges? As best I can tell, Freakonomics has very little to do with those fruits in a literal sense. The metaphor seems to be intended to be applied in two ways: First, you have to compare apples and oranges to the right reference to understand what you are examining; and second, sometimes the cause of something comes from an unexpected source when we peel back the skin of surface reality. If you want more, I discuss some applications of the book in my blog posting for today.

If you already like and know statistics, you can read Professor Levitt's articles instead of this book. If you like "gee whiz" facts about things you don't know much about, this book is for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A real eye-opener!, 28. Juni 2005
Economics class at university was the place to catch up on sleep. However, this book is a real page-turner -- as exciting as any mystery. This unorthodox approach to economics opens the field to the general public. The style is very clear, easy to understand and follow, but never simplistic. All examples and arguments are underpinned by references, partly contained in the text itself for the reader to examine immediately and partly in the form of endnotes. In addition to the economic data, the book also contains substantial background information on a variety of topics.
The only negative thing about the book is the blurbs from the New York Times that are stuck in between the chapters. These blurbs go on about how terrific the book is and seem to want to convince the reader that it's a good book. Completely unnecessary -- the text speaks for itself without all the hype.
All in all: I found this book very thought-provoking, well-written, educational and enjoyable.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Lesenswert, 31. Dezember 2005
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Es ist interessant, welche Themen der Autor mit den "Werkzeugen" der Ökonomie angeht: Warum wohnen Drogenhändler bei ihren Müttern (sie verdienen nicht viel!), welchen Einfluß haben Eltern auf ihre Kinder, etc.
Auf eine Art erinnert mich dies an Mancur Olson, der in seiner "Umfassenden Ökonomie" auch unkonventionelle Themen anging (allerdings viel wissenschaftlicher als Mr. Levitt). Naturgemäß sind manche Themen auf die US - amerikanische Leserschaft zugeschnitten, aber auch für einen deutschen Leser findet sich viel interessantes.
Ein aestethischer Nachteil ist das Selbstlob, welches jedem Kapitel vorausgeht: Dies ist geschmacklos und unnötig, da das Buch für sich selbst spricht.
Sicherlich lesenswert.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book!, 8. August 2012
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I love to listen to freakonomics during long car trips. I can recommend it to anyone who is interested in economics, especially macroeconomics.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Multiple-Regression Statistical Analysis Put on an Easy-to-Understand Pedestal, 21. Mai 2007
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Freakonomics (Broschiert)
Ask most people if they want to understand statistics . . . and they run in the opposite direction. That's too bad because these days anyone who can run a personal computer can perform sophisticated statistical analysis using relatively affordable software like SPSS. Freakonomics may open a few minds by showing that much of what the conventional wisdom is . . . is wrong.

Economics has been traditionally focused on writing equations to explain "how things should work" assuming that nothing else changes. That's the rub. Everything else does change . . . and the theories don't work in practice. You've all heard the resulting economist jokes.

Steven Levitt does something that academics don't like anyone to do: He looks for interesting, practical questions and devises simple, straightforward solutions.

His method is usually pretty simple. He looks for patterns by using regression programs and then thinks about what the regressions might mean. That often leads to a trip to some other data, and eventually the correct cause-and-effect pattern emerges. It's like the invention methods of champion tinkerer Thomas A. Edison. Keep trying until something practical works. Fortunately, with today's computers you don't have to wait very long. The biggest challenges are in finding the right data sets, as this book shows through its example of why drug dealers usually live with their mothers.

The book indicts the media and many so-called experts who simply haven't done their homework. As a result, you can spend a lot of time being misinformed by reading the latest Congressional testimony, the latest think-tank study or by watching a talking head debate on television. The lesson: Be skeptical unless you see the data and the analyses, as they are displayed in this book's few examples.

In the book, you will find out how statistics can identify some of those who cheat (whether they are teachers or sumo wrestlers) and how economic incentives slant behavior (how real estate brokers sell their own property versus selling yours). You will encounter a novel argument that Roe v. Wade has reduced the violent crime rate. You'll find an even more interesting argument about how to equate the value of reduced crime to the cost of abortions.

More favorably, there are case studies on how accurate information trumps bad or misleading information to the benefit of us all.

The book ends up on a largely unsatisfying statistical look at nature versus nurture . . . and pretty much dismisses nurture when it comes to child-raising.

So it's a grab bag of topics, mixed with lots of hero worship (by co-author Stephen J. Dubner for co-author Steven D. Levitt).

Why is this book selling so well? I couldn't figure it out. It doesn't have the elegance and relevance of The Tipping Point. It's about statistics, and hardly anyone wants to read about that.

So I asked my wife and younger daughter. They both knew the book was a best seller (obviously it has good media play). They both loved the cover . . . especially the illustration of an apple that when you cut into it reveals an orange. They also liked the title (both finding economics pretty freaky). I nominate whoever came up with that cover concept and title for the best "you can't tell a book by its cover" award for 2005.

So what does Freakonomics have to do with apples and oranges? As best I can tell, Freakonomics has very little to do with those fruits in a literal sense. The metaphor seems to be intended to be applied in two ways: First, you have to compare apples and oranges to the right reference to understand what you are examining; and second, sometimes the cause of something comes from an unexpected source when we peel back the skin of surface reality. If you want more, I discuss some applications of the book in my blog posting for today.

If you already like and know statistics, you can read Professor Levitt's articles instead of this book. If you like "gee whiz" facts about things you don't know much about, this book is for you.
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