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Freakonomics

Freakonomics
Steven D. Levitt is an economist. Stephen J. Dubner is a writer. They co-authored Freakonomics , a book about cheating teachers, bizarre baby names, self-dealing Realtors, and crack-selling mama’s boys.

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