More Freakonomics

As regular readers of the IA blog know, Andrew is a big fan of young gun economist called Steven Levitt.  Levitt has become famous for using economists’ tools to find surprising answers for all kinds of unusual questions (like the links between legalizing abortion and falling crimes rates — read here). Levitt has just published a very readable book on a bunch of his research findings, which — not surprisingly given how interesting his stuff is — is sitting pretty on the NYT bestseller list. Anyway, in a fascinating article in Slate today, Levitt reports on some more interesting research examining Nobel Prize winner Amartya Sen’s famous claim that there are 100 million "missing women" in Asia. A young Harvard grad student has found a more robust explanation for all these "missing women"….the answer, and how she got there is well worth a read (click here).

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