Freakonomics is a non-fiction book written by Steven Lewitt and Stephen Dubner in which they look at the economics of life in a different sense. Each chapter is started with a seemingly random question followed by an in-depth explanation of economics theory pertaining to the subject, fusing economics and pop culture. I recommend this book to anyone interested in economics or human nature in general.

They specifically look into the dark side of human nature, focusing on cheating in the first chapter and looking into more taboo subject matter later in the book. Because of this focus on some subject matter, I do not recommend this to younger aged students. Although it still does give some good insight into how humans act and why as well as cause and effect while using these taboo examples.

The book goes deep into advanced concepts, making them simpler for the non-economist to understand by using everyday examples such as buying bagels. Through this, advanced economic ideas can be explained to the readers, allowing them to understand correlation, incentives, et cetera. These concepts were very interesting for me and I believe they will be for you, too, if you are interested in topics such as economics.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to high schoolers who are okay with taboo subject matter. It has some very interesting topics that are easy to understand and offers new insight into concepts never before thought of this way.


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