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"Steven Levitt put forth surprising explanations for the reduction in crime in New York city in the 1990s, and he made the compelling arguments to back them up. The content of his talk was fascinating and his presentation was dynamic."

-TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design Conference)

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Steven D. Levitt

Steven D. Levitt

  • Bestselling Author, Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics and Think Like A Freak
  • Co-star, Freakonomics Documentary
  • Freakonomics Spent 8 Years on The New York Times Bestseller List
  • Co-Founder, Spin For Good
  • William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

Co-Author of the Phenomenal Bestselling Business Books Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, and Think Like A Freak, and winner of the highly esteemed John Bates Clark Medal as the most influential economist in America under the age of 40, Steven D. Levitt works with businesses to apply his Freakonomics approach (combining data, economic theory, and unorthodox thinking) to the corporate world.

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Think Like A Freak

The third installment of the highly successful series and another New York Times bestseller, Think Like A Freak is Levitt and Dubner’s latest—and most revolutionary—book.  Taking their successful Freakonomics ideas to the next level, Levitt and Dubner offer an engaging and innovative program sure to inspire and enlighten audiences. Each idea presented by Levitt and Dubner will be illustrated by a story or example, in their ever-popular counterintuitive style, that will provide your audience with illuminating thoughts for profitable thinking. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and teach us all to think a bit more productively, more creatively, more rationally—to think, that is, like a Freak. 

Business & Management Lessons from Freakonomics & SuperFreakonomics

In this engaging presentation, Steven Levitt addresses the fact that the old rules of business just don’t apply and therefore the ideas he and co-author Stephen Dubner have presented in Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics make even more sense now than they did a few years ago. It’s a new world, and that demands a new way of thinking. He offers audiences a way of getting beneath the surface of modern business practices. Using humor and first-rate storytelling he discusses the sort of topics that are on every business person’s mind these days: the ways to create behavior change, the incentives that work and don’t work, and the value of asking unpopular questions. The difference between the Freakonomics presentation and other "economic" presentations is that while most economics presentations present great tools for coming up with answers, they don’t come up with the interesting questions. This presentation offers both. Here is a sample of additional questions that  Levitt addresses:

- Why is behavior change so difficult? How can I change the behavior of my employees? Why are our incentive programs not working?

- How can I capture more customers from my competitors? How can I influence current customers to increase loyalty?

- Why am I not getting the project outcomes I expected? How do I keep the tyranny of emotion, opinion and anecdote out of my project plan?

- Why is consensus building often a waste of time and resources?

Freakonomics and the Power of Incentives

No matter what your program theme, consider bringing Steven Levitt to put a unique spin on any topic as incentives are key to all of them. His presentations are as entertaining as they are illuminating as he offers data-based stories that show audiences how to inspire change in their own company and community. But in order to change aspects of our world, we first have to understand it. Believe it or not, if we can understand the incentives that lead a schoolteacher to cheat, we can understand how the global economic crisis has come to pass.

Steven Levitt Biography, Background, and Speaker Profile

A Rogue Economist

The Wall Street Journal has said, "If Indiana Jones were an economist, he'd be Steven Levitt." When Stephen Dubner (co-author of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics) profiled Levitt in The New York Times Magazine, he was beset by questions, queries, riddles and requests - from General Motors and the New York Yankees to U.S. senators but also from prisoners and parents and a man who sold bagels. A former Tour de France champion called him to ask his help in proving that the current Tour is rife with doping; the Central Intelligence Agency wanted to know how Levitt might use data to catch terrorists. Winner of the highly esteemed John Bates Clark Medal, as the most influential economist in America under the age of 40 (which is frequently a precursor to the Nobel Prize), Dr. Levitt has an enormous curiosity and is set on course by personal experiences and the incongruities he sees in everyday life. He is an intuitionist. He sifts through a pile of data to find a story that no one else has found and devised ways to measure an effect that veteran economists have declared unmeasurable. He has shown other economists just how well their tools can make sense of the real world.

The FREAKONOMICS Phenomenon

The No. 1 business book hit the bestseller lists on its first day in print and continues to be phenomenally popular in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and around the world, selling over 5 million copies worldwide and spending 8 years on the New York Times bestseller list. Freakonomics introduced to the world a new way of thinking – a way of getting beneath the surface of modern life – and the title itself has become a catchphrase spoken everywhere from college campuses to corporate boardrooms. The book has won numerous awards and its way of thinking also lives on the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.”Freakonomics offers an entirely new set of lessons to be learned. The book delves into the biggest issues of our time, such as healthcare, terrorism, global warming, the financial crisis, and much more.

The Freakonomics documentary is an anthology based on different chapters of the book. Variety calls the film "a revelatory trip into complex, innovative ideas and altered perspectives."  The documentary spent weeks among the Top 10 iTunes film downloads.

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