A bit of monkey business

CLSA''s Investor Forum gets a little freaky with Steve Levitt.

Steve Levitt famously theorizes that, in America at least, the drop in crime rates over the last few decades correlates with a rise in legalized abortions. He also reckons that some of the least honest people in the working world are telemarketers. And he counts amongst his friends an economist who is teaching monkeys to use money.

No surprise, then, that the author of Freakonomics, a book that debuted on Amazon's top 20 on the first day of sales and landed on the New York Times bestseller list after the second week, drew a crowd on Wednesday at the CLSA Investors' Forum in Hong Kong only marginally smaller than the...

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