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Translated from the English by Gisela Kretzschmar. The modern world is getting more and more complicated. And conventional scientific methodology is seldom able to provide us with practical answers to reasonable questions. Steven Levitt, a young professor of economics, uses economic "tools" to study a variety of societal issues. So many seemingly complex problems can be solved relatively easily with the right key. Questions from a wide variety of areas are answered here, misjudgments are corrected and connections are made that are often not even remotely thought of.

Review note on Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, April 12, 2006

While economists usually scare off the "interested layman" with their difficult-to-understand terms, the American economist Steven D. Levitt is someone "who does things differently," enthuses Hendrik Leber. In collaboration with Steven J. Dubner, the American author examines everyday phenomena using economic methods, statistics and empiricism, and comes to astonishing results, according to the reviewer, who admires Levitt's "unprejudiced" approach, which defies any categorization. For example, the author found out through statistical analysis that 5 percent of American teachers cheated when examining the performance level of their students and pretended better results. In the case of "voluntary payments into the coffee house", the higher the person making the payment, the more cheating is in the company hierarchy. The author examines things that "do not appear to be analyzable at first glance" and thus often shakes "common prejudices", says the reviewer, who wishes there were more economists like Levitt.
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