Welcome to FREAKONOMICS
Steven D. Levitt is an economist. Stephen J. Dubner is a writer. In 2005, they co-authored Freakonomics, a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, and crack-selling mama’s boys. They figured it would sell about 80 copies. Instead, it has sold 5.5 million, in roughly 40 languages. In 2009, they followed up with SuperFreakonomics, with stories about drunk walking, the economics of prostitution, and how to stop global warming. (To date, SuperFreakonomics has sold 1.5 million copies.) In 2014, Dubner and Levitt published Think Like a Freak, which made its debut at No. 2 on the New York Times best-seller list. And in 2015, they published When to Rob a Bank, a compilation of “greatest hits” from 10 years of blogging at Freakonomics.com; it also landed on the Times list. Along the way, a lot of other stuff has happened too. An award-winning blog. A movie. Lectures. And a No. 1-ranked podcast, with more than 7 million monthly downloads. This is the place where all that stuff continues to happen. Welcome to Freakonomics.com.