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Freakonomics author 'wants to solve world's problems'

4th October 2010

Stephen J Dubner would like to see some of the ideas presented in bestselling works Freakonomics and Superfreakonomics tested out in reality.

Dubner, who co-authored the books with economist Steven D Levitt, told the Independent that he has a strong desire to solve some of the problems that he has spent his career writing about.

'It would be great to actually raise the funding to empirically test our theories. Even if I could be involved in solving one problem in the world - because so far I've solved zero, I think - it'd be great,' he explained.

The author added that philanthropy could be a good issue to investigate with 'Freakonomics thinking'.

Dubner pointed out that many of the big problems facing the world have not been solved despite the billions of pounds that have been donated to good causes and he would like to work out if this can be changed.

Freakonomics, which was published in 2005, attempts to apply economic thinking to subjects such as cheating and child-rearing, often with controversial and unexpected results.
 

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