Last night I watched the “Freakonomics” movie (see the trailer below). It’s a lot like the book but animated and includes author commentary. Each chapter is directed by a different documentary film maker, which gives each section a little different look and feel. It’s worth a watch on a rainy Sunday (especially since you can stream it through Netflix).
Freakonomics the book was released while I was in grad school. There was quite a buzz. On one hand, I was glad my friends and family got a glimpse of what economists might study. On the other hand, I had many professors who didn’t quite buy in (much like John DiNardo, Ariel Rubinstein, and Arnold Kling). What do you think of Freakonomics? How might we evaluate such studies before we try to implement changes based on them?