Reakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything.
Book review assignment: Each student is required to select one of the below texts to read and analyze over the course of the semester:
a? Dubner, Stephen J. and Steven D. Levitt. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the
Hidden Side of Everything. New York: Morrow-Harper, 2005
a? Text synthesis (~1 page): What is/are the main argument(s) of the author? How does the author communicate these points and which do you find most interesting?
a? Course application (~2 pages): Explain how the book relates to what we have studied, applying
The economic concepts you have learned. Explain what concepts the author introduces that contradict conventional economic theory that is explored in this course
a? Personal reaction (~2 pages). Give your opinion of the issues raised in the book. Do you agree or disagree with the authors points? What convinced you? What additional information would you need if you are still unconvinced?
The report is to be typed and the book must be selected by 3/3. The instructor will assign a grade based on the following criteria:
Letter Grade of an A: All questions are addressed and the paper is grammatically correct and neatly done. The synthesis accurately reflects the major points of the book. The writer clearly relates the book to what has been learned in the course and exhibits knowledge of both the subjects of the book and what was taught in the course.