Freakonomics Taught Me that Simple Solutions Aren’t Always Best

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“What do schoolteachers and Sumo wrestlers have in common?”

That’s the title of the first chapter of Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, a book that I often cite as my introduction to how the world really works. Before reading it, I thought that I had that covered. I was a doctor, after all! I had spent years of study and hard work to become one. Surely I didn’t arrive at that point in my life without having a good understanding of the greater world around me, right?

So very, very wrong.

The first example cited in Freakonomics introduced

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