Biography of Steven D. Levitt

Steven D. Levitt, an American economist, was born on May 29, 1967 to a Jewish family. He attended St. Paul Academy and Summit School, and then later graduated from Harvard University in 1989 with a B.A. in Economics. He received a PhD in Economics from MIT in 1994. He is primarily known for his work in the field of crime.

Levitt began his career following his graduation from Harvard as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies in Boston. Currently, he is the William B. Ogden Distinguished Service Professor and director of the Becker Center on Price Theory at the University of Chicago. Until 2007, he was also co-editor of the University of Chicago Press's Journal of Political Economy. He published his first book, Freakonomics, in 2005, co-authored with Stephen J. Dubner. It was followed by two sequels, SuperFreakonomics in 2009 and Think Like a Freak in 2014.

Levitt has received numerous accolades, notably having been named one of Time magazine's "100 People who Shape Our World" in 2006. In 2003, he was the recipient of the prestigious John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association, given to the country's best economist under the age of 40.

Study Guides on Works by Steven D. Levitt

Freakonomics is the first book by economist Steven D. Levitt, co-authored with Stephen J. Dubner. It was published in 2005 by William Morrow. Stringing together numerous stories, anecdotes, and data analyses of unusual phenomena, Freakonomics ...