Parents were only picking up their child on time because there was somewhat of an incentive socially and morally. This paper has sparked much controversy, to which Levitt has said "The numbers we're talking about, in terms of crime, are absolutely trivial when you compare it to the broader debate on abortion.
The duo decided upon making a book after Dubner was given an assignment to profile Levitt. From the title and even the cover picture it is clear it is not your average text book on economics.
This unavoidable tradeoff between false positive and false negative errors is a well-known property of all statistical-prediction applications.
New York: William Morrow.
Population and Development Review — Levitt is celebrated for using data and statistics to solve an array of problems not typically associated with economics. The other side of this challenge, though, is presenting ideas in interesting ways without oversimplifying them or misleading readers.
I read the back of the book and was intrigued by Steven Lewitt and how he studies riddles of everyday life.