Steven Levitt Biography

(American economist, Author, Professor)

Steven Levitt is an American economist. He is married and a father of two kids.

More about the relationship

Steven Levitt has a beautiful wife named Jeannette. The couple had a son named Andrew who died at age one after being the victim of pneumococcal meningitis.

After the loss of their first child, the couple adopted Lily Levitt and Amanda Levitt who are originally from China. The couple gave birth to another son named Nicholas Levitt.

Relationship Facts of Steven Levitt

  • Steven Levitt is married to Jeannette Levitt.
  • He is father of two adopted daughter and one biological son.
  • Steven Levitt is not having an affair with anyone presently.
  • His sexual orientation is straight.

Who is Steven Levitt?

Steven Levitt is an American economist. Steven Levitt has contributed to the social science disciplines which include political economy and science, sociology, the study of law, and economics of crime.

He is known to be a co-author of the top-selling book titled Freakonomics and its sequels (along with Stephen J.Dubner).  He earned John Bates Clark Medal due to his work in the field of crime.

Steven Levitt- Age, Parents, Siblings, Ethnicity, Education

Steven Levitt was born on May 29, 1967, in Boston, Massachusetts, the U.S. As of 2022, he is 54 years old and holds American nationality.

His ethnicity is Caucasian and follows Christianity. His full name is Steven David Levitt and his birth zodiac sign is Gemini according to the horoscope.

No information is given about his parents and siblings. He went to St.Paul Academy and Summit School located in St.Paul, Minnesota.

In 1989, he attended Harvard University along with his AB in economics summa cum laude. In 1994, he earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Steven Levitt -Professional Life, Careers

After graduation, Steven Levitt served as a consultant at Corporate Decisions, Inc. (CDI) in Boston advising Fortune 500 companies.

He is the director of the Gary Becker Milton Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago.

Under the age of 40, as the most active economist, he was awarded the John Bates  Clark Medal every two years recognized by the American Economic Association.

Levitt is also an author, who published his debut book titled “Freakonomics” in April 2005 alongside Stephen J.Duber which was a top-selling one.

Later, the authors began to write a blog dedicated to Freakonomics.


The professor has worked on numerous economics topics, like crime, politics, and sports, and more than 60 academic dissemination.

On crime, he examined the consequences of the prison population, accessibility of LoJack anti-theft devices, police hiring, and legitimacy of abortion on a number of crimes.

For the evaluation of the Forecast of the original 2001 paper, Levitt and Donohue published new articles in 2019.

The writers came to conclusion saying that “We estimate that crime fell roughly 20% between 1997 and 2014 due to legalized abortion.

The incremental impact of authorized abortion on offense is roughly 45%, accounting for a very substantial portion of the roughly 50-55% overall decline from the peak of crime in the early 1990s.”

His other Studies

  • Illustrated that the consumer benefits of ridesharing in the United States are at least $7 billion a year (2015 costs).
  • Examining mixed-strategy Equilibria When Players Are Heterogeneous: The Case of Penalty Kicks in Soccer (2002): Chiappori, Levitt, and Groseclose use penalty kicks from soccer games to test the idea of mixed strategies, a concept important to game theory.  The hypothesis that players choose their strategies optimally is not rejected by it.
  •  Distinctively black names (2004) Causes and consequences: Fryer and Levitt find that the rise in distinctively black names took place in the early 1970s. The previous research regards black names as injurious, they conclude that having a distinctively black name is primarily a consequence rather than a cause of poverty and segregation.
  • The distinction in game shows (2004): Levitt uses contestant voting behavior on the US version of the television show Weakest Link to distinguish between taste-based discrimination and information-based discrimination theories of discrimination. Levitt uncovered no discrimination against females or blacks while finding taste-based discrimination in opposition to the old and information-based discrimination against Hispanics.

Steven Levitt- Net worth, Salary

According to celebrity net worth, the net worth of popular and talented professors, Steven Levitt is estimated to be around 10 million USD as of 2022.

No information about his detailed salary and monthly are provided to the media.

Steven Levitt- Rumors, Controversy

Steven Levitt seems busy focussing on his career. He stays miles away from the rumors and controversies. So, this professor is not involved in any rumors and controversies up to date.

Body Features- Height, Weight

The body measurements including the height and weight of Steven Levitt’s are unknown to the media. Moving towards his physical appearance, he has pair of Black eyes and ashes blonde color hair.

Social Media

Steven Levitt is a famous internet personality expert with a lot of social fan following. Steven Levitt has a Twitter account with about 10.5K followers. Similarly, he has an official Facebook page with 10.53K followers.

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