On Monday Crooked Timber hosted a seminar with Steven Levitt on Freakonomics, all of which made for an interesting read. Kieran Healy, John Quiggin, Henry Farrell, Tyler Cowen, and Tim Harford discussing various aspects of Freakonomics specifically and Levitt’s work more generally.
My favorite quote, from Levitt’s reponse:
I just canít get away from the idea that people are active decision makers trying to get what they want in a reasonably sophisticated fashion.
Even the KP Spouse, who usually waits until I buy economics books to read them, came home the other day and announced that he wanted to read Freakonomics.