Conventional Wisdom (Freakonomics)?

Question by maya: Conventional Wisdom (Freakonomics)?
I’m in a bind. I have to write a paper overtunring conventional wisdom and I just can’t think of anything. It has to be in the style of freakonomics. From Wikepedia, here are some examples of conventional widom from the book freakonomics:

” * Chapter 1: Discovering cheating as applied to teachers and sumo wrestlers (See below)
* Chapter 2: Information control as applied to the Ku Klux Klan and real-estate agents
* Chapter 3: The economics of drug dealing, including the surprisingly low earnings and abject working conditions of crack cocaine dealers
* Chapter 4: The controversial role legalized abortion has played in reducing crime. (Levitt explored this topic in an earlier paper entitled “The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime.”)
* Chapter 5: The negligible effects of good parenting on education
* Chapter 6: The socioeconomic patterns of naming children

I can either choose to elaborate on one or choose an altogther new topic. Please help me think of ideas!!

Best answer:

Answer by SeriousCat ^-.-^
LEMONS!
Choose George Arkelof’s Lemons Problem. It’s the easiest – and it’s popular. Virtually every economist on earth has heard of it, though Arkelof’s lemons isn’t actually conventional economics, since it’s actually irrelevant in most cases, due to the important of producer reputation. It’s easy to explain, easy to understand and easy to see it’s limitations. There has already been alot of work on the ‘lemon’ used car issue, so it won’t be hard to do an assignment on that.

Here are some of my recommends for unconventional and little-known economics:

“The Economic Naturalist”
“The Armchair Economist” by Steven Landsburg
“Freedomnomics” John Lott
“More Sex Is Safe Sex” by Steven Landsburg

Answer by angryarron
how about
the affects of a country lead by a brutal regime and its affects of a decline in crime
this is a Clock Work Orange question and I love it
or
the corporate merger of the Sunny Dale home for the criminally insane and the childrens day car center
and the positive affects on the child