Stephen Dubner

Stephen Dubner

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1963 - present

Stephen Dubner is an award-winning author, prolific journalist, and a TV and radio personality, best known for his international bestselling series, Freakonomics. Written with University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt, Freakonomics has become a worldwide phenomenon, selling more than 7 million copies in more than 40 countries. Dubner maintains, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.” He is also the host of Freakonomics Radio, which is heard by millions and gets 15 million monthly downloads around the globe. The success of the first book has made him an in-demand television guest, with appearances on all the major news and current affairs shows.

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Academic History


  • Freakonomics was an instant international bestseller and cultural phenomenon.

  • It made numerous "books of the year" lists, a few "books of the decade" lists, and won a variety of awards.

  • Awards include the inaugural Quill Award, a BookSense Book of the Year Award, and a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education.

  • It was also named a Notable Book by the New York Times. SuperFreakonomics, published in 2009, was published to similar acclaim, and also became an international best-seller.

  • The enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public-radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts.