Reading Guide Questions
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- Most people think of economics as a dry subject matter concerning
monetary and fiscal matters. How does Freakonomics change this
- Freakonomics argues that morality represent the way we'd like
the world to work, whereas economics can show how the world really does
work. Do you agree?
- Freakonomics lists three varieties of incentives: social,
moral, and financial. Can you think of others?
- Freakonomics shows how the conventional wisdom is often
shoddily formed. What are some instances of conventional wisdom that
you've always doubted?
- Does it seem as though "experts" truly hold too much power in the
modern world, or are we lucky to have them?
- What are some issues in your daily life toward which you can apply
some Freakonomics-style thinking?
- What were some of the most convincing arguments put forth in
Freakonomics? What were some of the least convincing?
- How does the argument linking Roe v. Wade to a drop in crime change
your thinking about abortion?
- How does the view of parenting in Freakonomics jibe with your
- After reading Freakonomics, do you think that cheating is more
prevalent or less prevalent than you thought it was before you read the
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