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    People who buy annuities, it turns out, live longer than people who don't, and not because the people who buy annuities are healthier to start with. The evidence suggests that an annuity's steady payout provides a little extra incentive to keep chugging along.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: people  live 
     
    The data don't lie: a Chicago street prostitute is more likely to have sex with a cop than to be arrested by one.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: sex 
     
    As W.C. Fields once said: a thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: worth 
     
    I do think that the standard media is controlled by the conventional wisdom about global warming. We've come to believe - from reading a lot of articles and talking to a lot of scientists - that there's another side to be heard.
    — Steven Levitt
    An expert must be BOLD if he hopes to alchemize his homespun theory intoconventional wisdom.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: wisdom  hope 
     
    And knowing what happens on average is a good place to start. By so doing, we insulate ourselves from the tendency to build our thinking - our daily decisions, our laws, our governance - on exceptions and anomalies rather than on reality
    — Steven Levitt
    Scarcity is a captivating book, overflowing with new ideas, fantastic stories, and simple suggestions that just might change the way you live.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: live  stories  book  ideas 
     
    The key to learning is feedback. It is nearly impossible to learn anything without it.
    — Steven Levitt
    After all, your chances of winning a lottery and of affecting an election are pretty similar. From a financial perspective, playing the lottery is a bad investment. But it's fun and relatively cheap: for the price of a ticket, you buy the right to fantasize how you'd spend the winnings - much as you get to fantasize that your vote will have some impact on policy.
    — Steven Levitt
    Levitt admits to having the reading interests of a tweener girl, the Twilight series and Harry Potter in particular.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: girls  reading 
     
    In the United States especially, politics and economics don't mix well. Politicians have all sorts of reasons to pass all sorts of laws that, as well-meaning as they may be, fail to account for the way real people respond to real-world incentives.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: people  law  real  politics  economics  fail 
     
    The gulf between the information we proclaim & the information we know to be true is vast. In other words: we say one thing & do another.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: true 
     
    No matter how expert you may be, well-designed checklists can improve outcomes.
    — Steven Levitt
    If you own a gun and have a swimming pool in the yard, the swimming pool is almost 100 times more likely to kill a child than the gun is.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: children  time  child 
     
    Don't trust, just verify.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: trust 
     
    Information is a beacon, a cudgel, an olive branch, a deterrent-all depending on who wields it and how.
    — Steven Levitt
    Purity is a good mask for corruption because it discourages inquiry.
    — Steven Levitt
    When people don't pay the true cost of something, they tend to consume it inefficiently.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: people  true 
     
    Solving a problem is hard enough; it gets that much harder if you've decided beforehand it can't be done.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: problem 
     
    Data, I think, is one of the most powerful mechanisms for telling stories. I take a huge pile of data and I try to get it to tell stories.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: powerful  stories 
     
    An incentive is a bullet, a key: an often tiny object with astonishing power to change a situation
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: power 
     
    Morality, it could be argued, represents the way that people would like the world to work, wheareas economics represents how it actually does work.
    — Steven Levitt
    The conventional wisdom is often wrong.
    — Steven Levitt
    tags: wrong  wisdom 
     
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