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When to Rob a Bank

...and 131 more warped suggestions and well-intended rants.

By Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
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When to Rob a Bank: ...and 131 more warped suggestions and well-intended rants. by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

When To Rob a Bank (2015) presents a collection of articles published on the Freakonomics blog at, which has now been going strong for ten years. Honing in on the unpredictable and downright strange, Levitt and Dubner cover everything from why you should avoid anyone whose middle name is Wayne to why some of us should be having more sex than others.

  • Economics students
  • Anyone interested in human behavior
  • Freakonomics fans

Steven D. Levitt is Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. In 2004, he received the John Bates Clark medal for the most influential American economist under forty and, in 2006, was featured as one of Time magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our World.”

During the 1990s, journalist Stephen J. Dubner worked for The New York Times Magazine. He is now an award-winning author, best known for the co-writing he has done with Steven D. Levitt.

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