Having read the Superfreakonomics climate-change chapter before it was taken down, I’d have thought that, surely, it must be the book’s stupidest chapter. Perhaps not. Dubner and Levitt also take a courageously contrarian view on high-end prostitution.
Allie was smart, capable, technically sophisticated, and she also happened to be physically attractive, a curvaceous and friendly blonde whose attributes were always well appreciated in her corporate setting. But she just didn’t like working all that hard.
So she became an entrepreneur, launching a one-woman business that enabled her to work just 10 or 15 hours a week and earn five times her old salary.
Well, good for her. I hope she meets a nice governor one day. But Dubner and Levitt are not, of course, columnists for Elle. There must be an economics lesson in this fairy tale. Allie enjoys
high wages, flexible hours and relatively little risk of violence or arrest. So the real puzzle isn’t why someone like Allie becomes a prostitute, but rather why more women don’t choose this career.
That is puzzling. I look forward to reading the entire chapter, so I can find out why more men don’t choose to become high-end gay escorts. It has to be much easier than waiting tables or accounting or laying pipe.