Freakonomics Project

Freakonomics Project

One of the authors of our book, Steve Levitt, has published a series of books called

Freakonomics. They focus on using situations which don’t seem economical on the surface, but

have really deep economics within them. For this project, I want each student to pick a chapter

out of his first book, and write a short reflection paper on it. To keep things easy, I have also had

two of the better chapters uploaded to the library’s e-reserves so that you don’t even have to

purchase the book! The link to the e-reserves is here: http://libraries.wsu.edu/mmr/reserves . The

password to access the book can be found by clicking on “Course Information” under the Home

menu here in Blackboard.

Now, I picked these two chapters because I think they’ll have a broad audience. There are two

others in the book which are both really good, but a little more controversial (The library would

only let me upload two chapters). If you are interested in gun control, crime, or abortion, I

encourage you to find a copy of this book and read one of those chapters. Here is an amazon link

to the book as well (They have some used copies for under $10):

http://www.amazon.com/Freakonomics-Economist-Explores-Hidden-Everything/dp/0060731338

Here are the requirements of the paper:

 3-5 pages, double spaced, 12-point font, 1 inch margins

o I would consider a 3 page paper as having 2 full pages of content as well as a third

page that has at least 10 lines on it (I was an undergrad not too long ago).

 Answer the following questions:

o What is the chapter about? (Prove to me you read it. You could spend a whole

page on this!)

o Do you agree with Levitt’s findings? (Feel free to disagree, but back up why)

o Are there any other situations where you see the same problem?

o Have you ever encountered this problem or one of a similar nature? (If so,

describe it)

o (Include any general thoughts or well justified opinions as well).

Other details:

 Don’t fret the details: I’m not a stickler for your writing abilities.

 This is a great opportunity to earn some easy points in this class. The grading will be

generous, so don’t skip it.

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