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Steven D. Levitt

Resources:

  1. http://stephenjdubner.com/journalism/economist.html (magazine)
  2. http://www.freakonomics.com/books/ (book) book itself
  3. http://www.allamericanspeakers.com/celebritytalentbios/Steven-Levitt (website)
  4. http://curiouscapitalist.blogs.time.com/2009/10/16/new-column-and-video-from-macro-to-freako/ (magazine)
  5. http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1975813_1975844_1976457,00.html (magazine)

5 facts of each resource:

1. Biography of Steven Levitt

A. Levitt has a different perspective unlike other economists

B. Levitt’s particular gift is the ability to question about things

C. Levitt and his critics (such as Daniel Hamermesh)

D. Talks about his family and his son Andrew, dying from ear infection

E. Explains one of his theories; If you own a gun and have a swimming pool in the yard, the swimming pool is almost 100 times more likely to kill a child than the gun is.

2. Theories from Steven Levitt

A. What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? (Cheating)

B. How is the Ku Klux Klan like a group of real estate agents? (When power is abused)

C. Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?

D. Where have all the criminals gone?

E. What makes a perfect parent?

3. Another Biography

A. Carried hardcore economic method to real world and produce a pop-culture classic.

B. Asked several provocative questions , which answered stir debate, and sometimes backlash

C. Examines links between real world event and search for many instances where data simply does not show up popular belief.

D. An whip smart economists with a sprawling imagination… pretend an 9 years old wants to know everything.

E. Freakonomic is a book about economics with series of cautionary tales about the fallacy of conventional wisdom.

4. About Steven Levitt

A. Levitt is dubious of a big image of predictive models.

B. The book “drunk walking” Levitt mentioned so as you leave your friend’s party , the decision should be clear which driving is safer than walking.

C. Skeptical look into the merits of the car seats for children and look at the current approach toward tackling global warming.

D. Superfreakonomics a sequel to freakonomics

E. Things Levitt say might make other people mad but it is true

5. More about Steven Levitt

A. One of the top 100 (on 2006) important people shown in the times magazine

B. Broke windows was an illusion just like demographic which changes and brought about the legalization of abortion.

C. Owe a bigger debt to humility to go wherever logic and discovery.

D. Came up with good evidence to contrary, could change Levitt mind and take courage.

E. Had a debate with Levitt (Malcolm)

 

(Outline)

intro – 3.5 mins

Talk about steven and who he is(biography ) (2.5mins)

             -when he was born

             -his family/ son (hometown)

             -career success

             -theories(example)

             -education ( university)

             -pictures

 His book – freakonomics , superfreakonomics (1mins)

             –        date it was  published

             –        people that contributed to the book

             –        how the book gave impact on other economists

             –        picture of the book

 Body – 12.5 mins

             Levitt and what he is famous for (7.5mins)

             -examples of theories ( why drug dealers live with their mom, what do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?, abortion)

             -show proving levitt’s economic theory, what in about economics that made him think of his theories

             How he effects the economic world (2min)

             –        pros and cons

             Video about him explaining his theories (3mins)

             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UGC2nLnaes

 Conclusion – 4 mins

             Give out short timeline about levitt – 1min            

             Explain what happened in each year – 1mins

             Video of short interview of levitt – 2mins

             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynDUiNpATgk

 

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