Stephen J. Dubner

Stephen J. Dubner is an award-winning author, journalist, and TV personality. He is the co-author, with Steven D. Levitt, of "Freakonomics" (2005) and "SuperFreakonomics" (2009), which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages. "Freakonomics" has been translated into a high-profile documentary film ("Freakonomics: The Movie"); the Freakonomics blog, hosted by The New York Times, has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.” Dubner's other books include "Turbulent Souls (Choosing My Religion)," "Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper," and the children's book "The Boy With Two Belly Buttons." He has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time, and others, and his journalism has anthologized in "The Best American Sports Writing," "The Best American Crime Writing," and elsewhere. He has appeared widely on TV, most often on ABC and PBS, but also on the reality show "Beauty and the Geek." Alas, he played neither beauty nor geek.

Posts by Stephen J. Dubner

The Decline and Fall of Violence

The world is a more peaceful place today that at any time in history — by a long, long shot.

The Upside of Quitting

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says … Are you sure?

The Suicide Paradox

There are more than twice as many suicides as murders in the U.S., but suicide attracts far less scrutiny. Freakonomics Radio digs through the numbers and finds all kinds of surprises.

The Economist’s Guide to Parenting

Think you know how much parents matter? Think again. Economists crunch the numbers to learn the ROI on child-rearing.

The Church of “Scionology”

We worship the tradition of handing off a family business to the next generation. But is that really such a good idea?

Live From St. Paul!

Freakonomics Radio hits the road, and plays some Quiz Bowl

Things Our Fathers Gave Us

What did Levitt and Dubner learn as kids from their dads?

The Health of Nations

For decades, GDP has been the yardstick for measuring living standards around the world. Martha Nussbaum would rather use something that actually works.

Is Twitter a Two-Way Street?

To get a lot of followers on Twitter, do you need to follow a lot of other Tweeps? And if not, why not?

The Power of Poop

Since the beginning of civilization, we’ve thought that human waste was worthless and dangerous. What if we were wrong?

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