More on Super Freakonomics
Brad Plumer joins the chorus assailing the climate change chapter in Super Freakonomics. He gestures towards the same problem I noticed: Much of the original Freakonomics was based on Steven Levitt's original research. Fairly little in Super Freakonomics is based on Levitt's original research. Instead, it's just based on interesting stuff they've read. And a lot of that stuff comes from fields they don't seem to know that well.
Meanwhile, Levitt responds to some of his critics at his blog. Actually, "responds" is the wrong word. Instead, he just complains that he's being criticized, and implies that there's something intrinsically illegitimate about questioning the assumptions of a "Freakonomist." Given that his project is, in theory, all about questioning assumptions, it's not a particularly impressive performance.
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