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

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The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Dates: January 11, 1999 - December 17, 2014
This Television Series is referred to by Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything writ
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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