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Why Didn't a Woman Write Freakonomics?

| Alison Flood, writing on The Guardian‘s Books Blog, asks why Freakonomics and most other books that make “serious non-fiction subjects accessible and popular” weren’t written by women. She theorizes that either women are better at storytelling (think Factory Girls and The Big Necessity) than “sell[ing] our hypothesis about the world” — or it’s just a “numbers game,” as male economists far outnumber female economists. Theories? Protests? Outraged recollections of Larry Summers? (FWIW: even though Freakonomics was written by two men, it did take a woman to name it.) [%comments]