Anonymous

Good promo, it will make people think. Having read 1/2 the book so far, I took the quiz to see how I'd do- I got 100%. Funny thing is, I got the response:
"You're a little myopic, but not entirely blind"
After taking it.
Wendell Pace

vivkhemka

Dear Mr. Levitt,

A) Ditto as Wendell above. I took the quiz and got 9 right. I got the same response !! :) Maybe Penguin UK, "is a little myopic, but not entirely blind" !!

B) I wanted to check on Question 4 of the quiz. Its true, but not entirely true. At least reading the first chapter of your book (i think) on day care centers ill show.

Q4. What is more likely to make able-bodied people park illegally in disabled car-parking spaces?

Ans: A. Imposing a monetary fine

Strange but true, some drivers are quite happy to buy off their guilt for just a few pounds.


The explanation is right yes, but the options arent correct. if the incentive as 500 quid rather than 5 then maybe, this wouldnt work !!

Cheers

Princess Leia

I got the same thingo, too.

The Professor

My score was "No flies on you, Freakonomist". That's a perfect 10. I am getting the title on my business card changed as I type this...

Phil

I am as politically correct as the next guy, but this is poor grammer:
"Who is most likely to live with their mother as an adult?"

The Professor

Speaking of correctness...did you mean grammER or grammAR?

3612

"No Flies on You, Freakonomist" finds funding for funky future fungicide!
&&&&&&&&&&&&&

[Insecticide would make better sense but it fouls up the alliteration.]

3613

Phrase:

"No Flies on You, Freakonomist" finds funding for funky future fungicide!
&&&&&&&&&&&&&

[Insecticide would make better sense but it fouls up the alliteration.]

Steven D. Levitt

I got 10 out of 10, but it required giving some wrong answers (I just gave them because I figured it was what they wanted).

The guns vs pools one is only true for young kids, for instance.

Anonymous

I hope this doesn't sound too picky. I'm hoping to be more precise.

Q3: "Which has the most dramatic effect on reducing crime rates?"
A: "C. Increased abortion rates"

In Q3, the 'correct' answer isn't really what the book presented. It was observed that Roe.v.Wade had a dramatic effect on crime rates in the last 20 years, especially when compared with the crime initiatives. But it would be incorrect to presume that a continuous increasing will automatically reduce crime rates. It was not the point.

A quick fix is to change "Which has" to "Which had".

Dave

"But it would be incorrect to presume that a continuous increasing (abortion) will automatically reduce crime rates."

Well, if we went to 100% abortions today, zero birth rate, in about 80 years I'm betting we wouldn't have too many problems with crime.

The Professor

**THEORY ALERT** Is it possible that an increasing (like the question stated) abortion rate could actually lead to an increase in crime rates. At some point you begin to "abort" the would-be "good" citizens who contribute to lower crime rates. For those of you who remember ECON 101 (It's now called ECO 2013) this would look similar to the Laffer Curve that illustrates how increasing tax rates at some point will cause a decrease in tax revenues. **END THEORY ALERT**

Anonymous

Good promo, it will make people think. Having read 1/2 the book so far, I took the quiz to see how I'd do- I got 100%. Funny thing is, I got the response:
"You're a little myopic, but not entirely blind"
After taking it.
Wendell Pace

vivkhemka

Dear Mr. Levitt,

A) Ditto as Wendell above. I took the quiz and got 9 right. I got the same response !! :) Maybe Penguin UK, "is a little myopic, but not entirely blind" !!

B) I wanted to check on Question 4 of the quiz. Its true, but not entirely true. At least reading the first chapter of your book (i think) on day care centers ill show.

Q4. What is more likely to make able-bodied people park illegally in disabled car-parking spaces?

Ans: A. Imposing a monetary fine

Strange but true, some drivers are quite happy to buy off their guilt for just a few pounds.


The explanation is right yes, but the options arent correct. if the incentive as 500 quid rather than 5 then maybe, this wouldnt work !!

Cheers

Princess Leia

I got the same thingo, too.

The Professor

My score was "No flies on you, Freakonomist". That's a perfect 10. I am getting the title on my business card changed as I type this...

Phil

I am as politically correct as the next guy, but this is poor grammer:
"Who is most likely to live with their mother as an adult?"

The Professor

Speaking of correctness...did you mean grammER or grammAR?

3612

"No Flies on You, Freakonomist" finds funding for funky future fungicide!
&&&&&&&&&&&&&

[Insecticide would make better sense but it fouls up the alliteration.]

3613

Phrase:

"No Flies on You, Freakonomist" finds funding for funky future fungicide!
&&&&&&&&&&&&&

[Insecticide would make better sense but it fouls up the alliteration.]