Behind the Freakonomics book, there’s two stories: one on how a journalist came to coauthor the work, and a second on an economics researcher regularly visiting drug gangs to understand how they work. Both stories are entertaining.
Steven D. Levitt, co-author of the New York Times best seller “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything,” will discuss his book. Levitt’s lecture will show how basic economic principles apply to the behavior of a diverse range of groups, from sumo wrestlers to the Klu Klux Klan, from drug dealers to schoolteachers to unwed mothers. Levitt is a professor at the University of Chicago.