Steven D. Levitt

Steven levitt
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is an American economist known for his work in the field of crime, in particular on the link between legalized abortion and crime rates

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One of my all-time favorite Freako insights was that drunk walking is seven times more dangerous than drunk driving. It is pretty obvious once you think about it, but nobody ever did before us.

MADD and SADD were not big fans, however.

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I hate "too big to fail"

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that is funny. well done. eventually we had 3 kids.

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In return, make sure you fill out the 2 month survey!!

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My view, which basically has to be true, is that NOTHING that the government does to the flow of new guns can possibly affect gun violence much. There are already 300 million guns out there! They will be around for the next 50 years. The cat is out of the bag.

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That is a great question. I think I could actually take him.

I think Dubner and I together, would massacre him.

no mercy

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The difference between correlation and causality.

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On global warming, we argued that there was no way that moral suasion was going to win the day. (this was right before the Copenhagen conference.) We argued that cutting carbon is too costly, too slow, and it is already too late. Instead, we believe that ultimately the answer to climiate change will be geo-engineering. We believe it makes sense to invest now in experiments that will help us learn how to save the planet when we decide we need to.

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Honestly, I don't think the minimum wage matters all that much to the economy. Not that many people actually work for the minimum wage these days. Also, people can always cheat to get around it.

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My only publishing regrets are the couple of times that I made coding errors in papers so got the wrong answers. What a nightmare.

I don't regret tackling global warming. I'm sure we are right on that one. I just regret that we lost the media battle on the topic!