Why I recommend "Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything" — 8 years ago
I have shied away from economics all of my life. I am not ashamed to say that I relaized that economics is not all Math and figures after reading this book. Something that had me go “hmmm” was the whole “incentive” idea. The fact that people behave the way they do because if the implicit incentives in behaving that way.
A good book on analyzing human behaviour using data. I should say that I agree with Maggie here that the common theme seemed to me the “Oh, you know what? You are wrong!” thing throughout the book. Especially the excerpts from the NY Times that glorify Levitt.