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Levitt, Steven D.

Works: 167 works in 1,191 publications in 20 languages and 29,993 library holdings
Genres: Miscellanea  Film adaptations  Documentary films  Educational films  Internet videos  Documentary television programs  Textbooks  Humor  Nonfiction television programs  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Interviewee, Creator, Editor, Honoree
Classifications: HB74.P8, 330
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Steven D Levitt
Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything by Steven D Levitt( Book )

225 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 20 languages and held by 8,708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Which is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? What kind of impact did Roe v. Wade have on violent crime? These may not sound like typical questions for an economist to ask--but Levitt is not a typical economist. He studies the stuff and riddles of everyday life--from cheating and crime to sports and child rearing--and his conclusions regularly turn the conventional wisdom on its head. The authors show that economics is, at root, the study of incentives--how people get what they want, or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing. In this book, they set out to explore the hidden side of everything. If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work.--From publisher description
Superfreakonomics : global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance by Steven D Levitt( Book )

69 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in English and Spanish and held by 4,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Publisher: Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling more than four million copies. Now Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with SuperFreakonomics ... SuperFreakonomics challenges the way we think all over again, with such questions as: How is a street prostitute like a department-store Santa? What's the best way to catch a terrorist? What do hurricanes, heart attacks, and highway deaths have in common? Are people hardwired for altruism or selfishness? Can eating kangaroo save the planet? Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling like no one else, whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically
Think like a freak : the authors of Freakonomics offer to retrain your brain by Steven D Levitt( Book )

64 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in 13 languages and held by 2,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Freakonomics books have come to stand for something: challenging conventional wisdom; using data rather than emotion to answer questions; and learning to unravel the world's secret codes. Now Levitt and Dubner have gathered up what they have learned and turned it into a practical toolkit for thinking differently -- thinking, that is, like a Freak. Whether you are interested in the best way to improve your odds in penalty kicks, or in major global reforms, here is a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. Along the way, you'll learn how the techniques of a Japanese hot-dog-eating champion can help you, the reason an Australian doctor swallowed a batch of dangerous bacteria, why Nigerian email scammers make a point of saying they're from Nigeria, and why Van Halen's demanding tour contract banning brown M & Ms was really a safety measure. You'll learn why sometimes it's best to put away your moral compass, and smarter to think like a child. You will be given a master class in incentives -- because for better or worse, incentives rule our world. And you will learn to quit before you fail, because you can't solve tomorrow's problem if you aren't willing to abandon today's dud
Freakonomics a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything by Steven D Levitt( Recording )

35 editions published between 1993 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,956 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author offers his view of how the economy really works, examining issues from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing, offering a very different view on what drives the economy
When to rob a bank : ... and 131 more warped suggestions and well-intended rants by Steven D Levitt( Book )

29 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 1,228 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A curated collection from the most readable economics blog in the universe. Over the past decade, Levitt and Dubner freely admit that most of their posts were rubbish. But now they've gone through and picked the best of the best. You'll discover what people lie about, and why; the best way to cut gun deaths; why it might be time for a sex tax; and, yes, when to rob a bank. (Short answer: never; the ROI is terrible.)
Super freakonomics [global cooling, patriotic prostitutes and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance] by Steven D Levitt( Recording )

6 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whether investigating a solution to global warming or explaining why the price of oral sex has fallen so drastically, Levitt and Dubner mix smart thinking and great storytelling to show how people respond to incentives
Think like a freak by Steven D Levitt( Recording )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Think Like A Freak takes listeners further inside this special thought process, revealing a new way of approaching the decisions people make, the plans they create, and the morals they choose
When to rob a bank : ... and 131 more warped suggestions and well-intended rants by Steven D Levitt( Recording )

9 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why do educated women get fewer responses on online dating websites? Is buying local food economically efficient? Does bribing kids improve their performance on school tests? Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, the quirky geniuses behind "Freakonomics" are back at it. Here, for the first time, the very best of their more than 8,000 posts are together in a single place. It showcases the brilliance that has made Levitt and Dubner an international sensation, and the eloquence and wit that has always made them such a joy to read
Superfreakonomics : global cooling, patriotic prostitutes, and why suicide bombers should buy life insurance by Steven D Levitt( )

8 editions published in 2009 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 390 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New York Times bestselling authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner return with more iconoclastic insight and observations in this long-awaited follow-up to their blockbuster Freakonomics. In 2005, Freakonomics exploded in the culture, forever changing our understanding of how the world works, how we really make decisions--even how we name our children
20-20( Visual )

3 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner talk about the many relationships they discovered which involve economics and social characteristics of our current civilization. The two economists use interviews and statistical analysis to reveal their often surprising results
Mikroökonomik by Austan Goolsbee( Book )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Die Grundlagen ökonomischen Denkens vermittelt anhand eines bahnbrechenden neuen Konzepts: In Theorien und Modellen wird beleuchtet, wie Konsumenten, Produzenten, Industrien oder Regierungen sich verhalten. Die Erklärungen und Anwendungen verknüpfen ökonomische Theorie mit dem echten Leben und beantworten Fragen wie: Auf welche Ölfördermenge einigen sich die OPEC-Mitglieder? Wie werden in der Basketballliga NBA Verträge mit Nachwuchstalenten geschlossen? Die Freakonomics-Rubrik ermutigt, mikroökonomisches Denken auch auf Alltagsphänomene anzuwenden. Dabei geht es u.a. um selbstgefertigte Toaster, Fußballstadien, die Handynutzung indischer Fischer, Betrug und illegale Drogenherstellung. Die Übungen und Lösungen an jedem Kapitelende unterstützen dabei, sich den mikroökonomischen Instrumentenkasten anzueignen
The impact of race on policing, arrest patterns, and crime by John J Donohue( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Race has long been recognized as playing a critical role in policing. In spite of this awareness, there has been virtually no previous research attempting to quantitatively analyze the issue. In this paper, we examine the relationship between the racial composition of a city's police force and the racial patterns of arrests and crime. Increases in the number of minority police are associated with significant increases in arrests of whites, but have little impact on arrests of non-whites. Similarly arrests of non-whites, but do not systematically affect the number of white arrests. The race of police officers has a less clear-cut impact on crime rates. It appears that own-race policing may be more effective in reducing property crime, but no systematic differences are observed for violent crime. These results are consistent either with own-race policing leading to fewer false arrests or greater deterrence. In either case, own-race policing appears more "efficient" in fighting property crime
The impact of school choice on student outcomes : an analysis of the Chicago public schools by Julie Berry Cullen( Book )

28 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

School choice has become an increasingly prominent strategy for urban school districts seeking to enhance academic achievement. Evaluating the impact of such programs is complicated by the fact that a highly select sample of students takes advantage of these programs. To overcome this difficulty, we exploit randomized lotteries that determine high school admission in the Chicago Public Schools. Surprisingly, we find little evidence that attending sought after programs provides any benefit on a wide variety of traditional academic measures, including standardized test scores, attendance rates, course-taking, and credit accumulation. This is true despite the fact that those students who win the lotteries attend better high schools along a number of dimensions, including higher peer achievement levels, higher peer graduation rates, and lower levels of poverty. We do, however, uncover evidence that attendance at such schools may improve a subset of non-traditional outcome measures, such as self-reported disciplinary incidences and arrest rates
An economic analysis of a drug-selling gang's finances by Steven D Levitt( Book )

16 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We analyze a unique data set detailing the financial activities of a drug-selling street gang on a monthly basis over a four-year period in the recent past. The data, originally compiled by the gang leader to aid in managing the organization, contain detailed information on both the sources of revenues (e.g. drug sales, extortion) and expenditrues (e.g. costs of drugs sold, weapons, tribute to the central gang organization, wages paid to various levels of the gang). Street-level drug dealing appears to be less lucrative than is generally though. We estimate the average wage in the organization to rise from roughly $6 per hour to $11 per hour over the time period studied. The distribution of wages, however, is extremely skewed. Gang leaders earn far more than they could in the legitimate sector, but the actual street-level dealers appear to earn less than the minimum wage throughout most of our sample, in spite of the substantial risks associated with such activities (the annual violent death rate in our sample is 0.07), There is some evidence consistent both with compensating differentials and efficiency wages. The markup on drugs suggests that the gang has substantial local market power. Gang wars appear to have an important strategic component: violence on another gang's turf shifts demand away from that area. The gang we observe responds to such attacks by pricing below marginal cost, suggesting either economic punishment for the rival gang or the presence of switching for users that makes market share maintenance valuable. We investigate a range of alternative methods for estimating the willingness of gang members to accept risks of death, all of which suggest that the implicit value that gang members place on their own lives is very low
Estimating the effect of alcohol on driver risk using only fatal accident statistics by Steven D Levitt( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Measuring the relative likelihood of fatal crash involvement for different types of drivers would seem to require information on both the number of fatal crashes by driver type and the fraction of drivers on the road falling into each category. In this paper, however, we present a methodology for measuring fatal crash likelihood that relies solely on fatal crash data. The key to our identification strategy is the hidden richness inherent to two-car crashes. Crashes involving two drinking drivers are proportional to the square of the number of drinking drivers on the road; crashes with one drinking and one sober driver increase linearly in the number of drinking drivers. Imposing a limited set of assumptions (e.g. independence across crashes, equal mixing on the roads), we are able to estimate both the likelihood of causing a fatal crash and the fraction of drivers of each type on the road. Our estimates suggest that drivers with alcohol in their blood are at least eight times more likely to cause a fatal crash; legally drunk drivers pose a risk at least 15 times greater than sober drivers. Males, young drivers, and drivers with bad past driving records are all more dangerous, but the impact of these other factors is far less than that of alcohol
Using sentence enhancements to distinguish between deterrence and incapacitation by Daniel P Kessler( Book )

15 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

It is typically difficult to differentiate empirically between deterrence and incapacitation since both are a function of expected punishment. In this paper we demonstrate that the introduction of sentence enhancements (i.e. increased punishments that are added on to prison sentences that would have been served anyway) provides a direct means of measuring deterrence. Because the criminal would have been sentenced to prison anyway, there is no additional incapacitation effect from the sentence enhancement in the short-run. Therefore, any immediate decrease in crime must be due to deterrence. We test the model using California's Proposition 8 which imposed sentence enhancements for a selected group of crimes. In the year following its passage, crimes covered by Proposition 8 fell by more than 10 percent relative to similar crimes not affected by the law, suggesting a large deterrent effect. Three years after the law comes into effect, eligible crimes have fallen roughly 20-40 percent compared to non-eligible crimes. This large deterrent effect suggests that sentence enhancements, and may be more cost-effective than is generally thought
Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt( Visual )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in English and German and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The highly anticipated film version of the phenomenally bestselling book about incentives-based thinking by renowned economists Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Like the book, the film examines human behavior with provocative and sometimes hilarious case studies, bringing together a dream team of filmmakers responsible for some of the most acclaimed and entertaining documentaries in recent years"--EZY DVD website
Juvenile crime and punishment by Steven D Levitt( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Over the last two decades the punitiveness of the juvenile justice system has declined" substantially relative to the adult courts. During that same time period juvenile violent crime" rates have grown almost twice as quickly as adult crime rates. This paper examines the degree to" which those two empirical observations are related, finding that changes in relative punishments" can account for 60 percent of the differential growth rates in juvenile and adult violent crime" between 1978 and 1993. Juvenile offenders appear to be at least as responsive to criminal" sanctions as adults. Moreover, sharp changes in criminal involvement with the transition from" the juvenile to the adult court suggest that deterrence, rather than simply incapacitation important role. There does not, however, appear to be a strong relationship between the" punitiveness of the juvenile justice system that a cohort faces and the extent of criminal" involvement for that cohort later in life
Winning isn't everything : corruption in sumo wrestling by Mark G Duggan( Book )

15 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 91 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although the theoretical literature on corruption is well developed, empirical work in this area has lagged because it has proven difficult to isolate corrupt behavior in the data. In this paper, we look for evidence of corruption in an unlikely place: the highest echelons of Japanese sumo wrestling. This paper provides strong statistical evidence documenting match rigging in sumo wrestling. A non-linearity in the incentive structure of promotion leads to gains from trade between wrestlers on the margin for achieving a winning record and their opponents. We show that wrestlers win a disproportionate share of the matches when they are on the margin. Increased effort can not explain the findings. Winning on the bubble is more frequent when the two competitors have met often in the past. Success on the bubble tends to rise over the course of a wrestler's career, but declines in his last year, consistent with the game theoretic predictions. Wrestlers who are victorious when on the bubble lose more frequently than would be expected the next time they meet that opponent, suggesting that part of the payment for throwing a match is future payment in kind. Systematic differences across wrestling stables suggest that the stables play a role in facilitating the corruption. In times of increased media scrutiny, the match rigging disappears
Why do increased arrest rates appear to reduce crime : deterrence, incapacitation, or measurement error? by Steven D Levitt( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abstract: A strong, negative empirical correlation exists between arrest rates and reported crime rates. While this relationship has often been interpreted as support for the deterrence hypothesis, it is equally consistent with incapacitation effects, and/or a spurious correlation that would be induced by measurement error in reported crime rates. This paper attempts to discriminate between deterrence, incapacitation, and measurement error as explanations for the empirical relationship between arrest rates and crime. Using a modified version of the techniques of Griliches and Hausman (1986) for dealing with measurement error in panel data, this paper first demonstrates that the presence of measurement error does not appear to explain the observed relationship between arrest rates and crime rates. To differentiate between deterrence and incapacitation, the impact of changes in the arrest rate for one crime on the rate of other crimes is examined. In contrast to the effect of increased arrests for one crime on the commission of that crime, where deterrence and incapacitation are indistinguishable, it is demonstrated that these two forces act in opposite directions when looking across crimes. Incapacitation suggests that an increase in the arrest rate for one crime will reduce all crime rates; deterrence predicts that an increase in the arrest rate for one crime will lead to a rise in other crimes as criminals substitute away from the first crime. Empirically, deterrence appears to be the more important factor, particularly for property crimes
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Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
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Levits, Stīvens

Levits, Stīvens, 1967-

Levitt, S. D. 1967-

Levitt, Steven.

Levitt, Steven 1967-

Levitt, Steven David

Levitt, Steven David 1967-

Steven Levitt Amerikaans econoom

Steven Levitt amerikansk ekonom

Steven Levitt amerikansk økonom

Steven Levitt économiste américain

Steven Levitt US-amerikanischer Ökonom

Левитт, Стивен

Левитт, Стивен Д., 1967-

לויט, סטיבן, 1967-

استیون لویت اقتصاددان آمریکایی

ستيفن د. ليفيت

레빗, 스티븐 D

스티븐 레빗


レヴィット, スティーヴン・D


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