Book Review: “SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance” by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

This is another interesting in-depth discussion of some interesting topics in micro-economics. It’s all about how people respond to incentives.

The surprise about the key ingredients for global warming is not even CO2 but water vapor. And the quick fix for the problem may be just pumping sulfide dioxide to the stratosphere 16 miles above the sea level. Some smart people at IV (Intellectual Venture) are working hard addressing the issue.

The fact that prostitution has lower value now compared to the 60~80 years ago because the “easier” sex nowadays. And the various kinds of sex fetch different price levels. In the epilogue, it was told that even monkeys respond to incentives and may even resort to prostitution if necessary.

Messing around with nature like reducing the likelihood of hurricanes could be as simple as putting some floaters on the ocean just to reduce the surface temperature by cycling the surface ocean layer to the lower layer.

Why the suicide bomber terrorists should buy life insurance? Because it could avoid being profiled as most terrorists don’t ever buy life insurance. Why bother?

The stories are interesting and I enjoyed listening the the audiobook.