The book is a collection of economic articles written by Levitt, an expert who has already gained a reputation for applying economic theory to diverse subjects not usually covered by "traditional" economists; he does, however, accept the standard neoclassical microeconomic model of rational utility-maximization. In Freakonomics, Levitt and Dubner argue that economics is, at root, the study of incentives. The book's topics include: 
 
* Chapter 1: Discovering cheating as applied to teachers and sumo wrestlers (See below) 
* Chapter 2: Information control as applied to the Ku Klux Klan and real-estate agents 
* Chapter 3: The economics of drug dealing, including the surprisingly low earnings and abject working conditions of crack cocaine dealers 
* Chapter 4: The controversial role legalized abortion may have played in reducing crime. (Levitt explored this topic in an earlier paper entitled "The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime.") 
* Chapter 5: The negligible effects of good parenting on education 
* Chapter 6: The socioeconomic patterns of naming children

Pop Culture Connections - Outgoing

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Seinfeld

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This show is mentioned in Chapter 6 as an example of one of the most popular TV shows in history, but which which is quite unpopular with certain races.
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The Cosby Show

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This show is mentioned when discussing children's names and the terrible names some parents give. Chapter 6 talks about a judge who asked a woman why she named her child "Temptress". The woman said she liked the name of the actress who played Vanessa Huxtable on The Cosby Show. Her actual name is "Tempestt Bledsoe".
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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

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This TV show is mentioned in the Revised and Expanded Edition of the book when discussing some of the things he has done since the book was originally published - including being a guest on Jon Stewart's show.
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Weakest Link

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This TV show is mentioned in Chapter 2 to talk about discrimination.
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Before His Time
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This book is mentioned in the Revised and Expanded Edition of the book which mentioned some problems with "The Klan Unmasked" which is discussed in great detail in Freakonomics.

Goodnight Moon
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This children's book is mentioned in Chapter 5 as a book that a parent might need to their child.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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This movie is mentioned in the Revised and Expanded Edition of the book because Levitt's great uncle wrote it.

The Klan Unmasked
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This history book is mentioned in Chapter 2.

The Republic
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This ancient book, specifically "The Ring of Gyges", is mentioned in Chapter 1.

The Theory of Moral Sentiments
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When Bad Things Happen to Good People
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On the Waterfront

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This movie featuring Marlon Brando is mentioned in Chapter 1.
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The Birth of a Nation

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This film is mentioned in Chapter 2.
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The Princess Bride

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This movie is mentioned in the Revised and Expanded Edition of the book.
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Modern Family:
Season:  3  / Episode:  1 
Dude Ranch

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Alex reads this book at the side of the pool, getting splashed by a boy who is doing cannonballs.

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How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  9  / Episode:  16 
How Your Mother Met Me

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The Mother's band is called "Super Freakonomics" which is a combination of the song "Super Freak" and the popular economics book, "Freakonomics".

Orange is the New Black:
Season:  3  / Episode:  1 
Mother's Day

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Big Boo talks to Pennsatucky about a chapter in the book 'Freakonomics', in which it explains "where have all the criminals gone"

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Freakonomics

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