by John Holbo on September 1, 2007

Link. Truly, Freakonomics has now entered the mainstream/jumped the shark. Hustlenomics tips from Yung Joc on YouTube (1, 2, 3).



arthur 09.01.07 at 5:21 am

Whoa, that made even less sense than the crime and abortion paper.


almostinfamous 09.01.07 at 4:22 pm

i guess this is the ‘max power’ way of economics then?

(for non-simpson geeks, the meaning:

Homer: From now on, there are three ways to do things: the right way, the wrong way, and the Max Power way.

Bart: Isn’t that just the wrong way?
Homer: Yeah, but faster! )


dsquared 09.01.07 at 5:56 pm

Thuggonomics certainly predated the Levitt/Dubner book (I remember idly wondering whether there were subfields of international thuggonomics, macrothuggonomics, thuggometrics, etc), so this might too.


Rich B. 09.01.07 at 6:11 pm

My four year old daughter recently started to word “cube” to be “frozen”, due to a misunderstanding of what part of the word “ice cube” referred to which characteristic of the item. If you think about it, it kind of makes 4-year-old-logical sense.

Is there a term for things like that, or the use of –nomics as a suffix, where exactly the wrong part of the word or phrase gets assigned the meaning?


Chris Bertram 09.01.07 at 7:29 pm

Former Chelsea player and current Leeds manager Denis Wise has to be the leading microthuggonomist.


dsquared 09.01.07 at 8:46 pm

hmmm, maybe there’s a controversy within hustlernomics between the neo-classical hustleronomists and heterodox thuggonomists.


engels 09.01.07 at 8:48 pm

My four-year-old cousin uses the word “gavagai” to mean rabbit, when, as everyone knows, it really means “undetached rabbit part”.

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