Stephen J. Dubner

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Biography

Stephen Dubner is a co-author of Freakonomics, the No. 1 business book that 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. Freakonomics has 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 is now being made into a TV show and a documentary film; its way of thinking also lives on the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called "the most readable economics blog in the universe," and is hosted exclusively on the The New York Times website.

Superfreakonomics, the highly anticipated follow-up to Freakonomics was released on October 20, 2009. Superfreakonomics 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 current financial crisis, and much more. A full-blown media and book tour will begin in October and Stephen Dubner, along with co-author Steven Levitt, will be featured on some of the nation's most watched programs, such as Good Morning America, 20/20, Charlie Rose, and many more as everyone wants to hear what new wisdom will be revealed in Superfreakonomics!

Speaking Topics

Freakonomics - A Closer Look at Incentives
Stephen Dubner's lectures are as entertaining as they are illuminating by using humor and first-rate storytelling to discuss 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.

Superfreakonomics
The Superfreakonomics presentation is even bolder, funnier, and more surprising than Freakonomics. From the rarefied corridors of academia to the grimiest street corners, Stephen Dubner will bring you stories inspired by engineers and astrophysicists, psychotic killers and emergency-room doctors, amateur historians and transgender neuroscientists. New and inspiring lessons abound from the 4 years of research that went into writing Superreakonomics and Stephen Dubner will share the best of their findings with your audience.

Business and Management Lessons from Superfreakonomics
In this engaging presentation, Stephen Dubner uses research from Superfreakonomics to address the following questions:

  • What are inexpensive and simple solutions to "unsolvable" problems?/li>
  • Why is behavior change so difficult?
  • Why is "consensus building" often a waste of time and resources?
  • Why do firms need to run more experiments?
  • Why do businesses worry too much about "noisy" risks and not enough about "quiet" ones?
  • How can you change the world using data -- rather than emotion, opinion, or anecdote?
  • What are things you thought you knew but didn't -- and things you never thought you wanted to know, but do?

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