Freakonomics Character Descriptions

Steven Levitt
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James Alan Fox

This criminologist incorrectly predicted a major rise in violent crime in the mid-1990's.

Arne Duncan

This CEO of the Chicago Public Schools commissions a study to determine if the teachers in his city are helping students cheat.

Roland G. Fryer

This character makes an astonishing transition from juvenile delinquent to Harvard professor.

Peter Sandman

This risk consultant produces a study that explains why people are more afraid of flying than driving.

Paul Feldman

This character starts a bagel delivery service.

Stetson Kennedy

This character infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan and reveals their secret rituals, names, handshakes, and hierarchy.

John Kenneth Galbraith

This economist coined the phrase "conventional wisdom."

Mitch Snyder

This individual is a homeless advocate fabricates research into homelessness in America.

Sudhir Venkatesh

This sociology student investigates a Chicago crack gang's financial records.

Black Gangster Disciple Nation

This is a prominent drug-dealing gang...

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