Perfect Parents Summary

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INTRODUCTION
I first heard of this book when my father mentioned it to me as something he had found very interesting and out of the box. At the time, I was considering Psychology, Economics, Statistics, Math and Political science as potential majors. But after reading this book, I decided on Economics and Psychology. The book is written in extremely simple language but the ideas presented in it are absolute genius. The book talks about issues that are widely prevalent in the world today, which have “obvious causes”. They go on to disprove the seeming obviousness of these arguments and present their own line of reasoning.

The book is extremely engaging and it leaves you wondering if everything around us can indeed be explained through clever
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Positive theories in Economics do not necessarily need to be right but they do need to be either proved or disproved. Normative theories, on the other hand, are opinion based, and cannot be proved or disproved. This book emphasizes that positive analysis is always more effective and logical. The main goal of the book is to prove that logic prevails over subjective thought. Chapter 5 of the book discusses what makes a perfect parent; If parental efforts translate to better academic performance of their children. If this question is posed to a parent, or any other individual for that matter, their first response would be a definitive yes. Societal norms have conditioned us to believe that parental qualities play a great role in the academic performance of their kids. However, Levitt and Dubner contradict this conventional thought process by comparing factors that actually matter and factors that we think matter. One example of this is when they pitt having highly educated parents against having an intact family. Psychology claims that children belonging to intact families function better in social and academic aspects of life. However, the authors use data to prove that having highly educated parents plays a greater role than having an intact family. They back this claim by stating that parents with higher IQ get more education and IQ is strongly …show more content…
It makes the reader look at the world from the point of view of a logical moralist. Economics plays into this by providing apt theories and logical explanations using data analysis. One of my personal favorite examples for this is the one in Chapter 6 wherein Robert Lane, decides to name two of his children winner and loser respectively. Now, by pre existing notions of success, Winner is expected to succeed while Loser is not. However, what actually happened to both of them contradicts this very notion. Loser went on graduate college and become a sergeant in the New York police department while all Winner has to his credit is a considerably sized criminal

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