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Stephen J. Dubner (born August 26, 1963) is an American journalist who has written seven books and numerous articles. Dubner is best known as co-author (with economist Steven Levitt) of the pop-economics book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, and its sequels, SuperFreakonomics (2009), Think Like a Freak (2014), and When to Rob a Bank (2015).

Stephen Dubner
Stephen J. Dubner by Audrey S. Bernstein wiki.jpg
Dubner in 2012
Born (1963-08-26) August 26, 1963 (age 55)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materAppalachian State University
Columbia University
Known forFreakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Ellen Binder-Dubner (m. 1998)



His parents were born Solomon Dubner and Florence Greenglass.[1] His mother was the first cousin of Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg. His father worked as a copy editor at The Troy Record.[2] His parents, separately, converted to Catholicism from Judaism. After their baptism, they renamed themselves Paul and Veronica. Dubner grew up in Duanesburg, New York, the youngest of eight children, and received a devout Roman Catholic upbringing.[1]

Dubner has explained his own choice to practice Judaism as an adult as follows: "I did not grow up Jewish, but my parents did....But for my parents—and now, for me, as I am becoming a Jew—there is a pointed difference. We have chosen our religion, rejecting what we inherited for what we felt we needed."[1]

Dubner's first published work was in the American children's magazine Highlights for Children.[3] Dubner received the Chancellor's Scholarship from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and graduated in 1984.[citation needed] At Appalachian he formed a band, The Right Profile, which was signed to Arista Records.[4] In 1988, he stopped playing music to focus more on writing, going on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University (1990), where he also taught in the English Department.[5] In the 1990s, Dubner was a story editor at The New York Times Magazine.[2]

Dubner, married twice,[2] currently resides in New York City with his wife, Ellen Binder-Dubner, and their two children.

Dun Cow FCEdit

Dubner is also the principal sponsor, through Freakonomics Radio, of an English Sunday League side from Shrewsbury called Dun Cow FC, after being contacted by the club's Media Manager Alex Simpson.[6] The first season of Freakonomics sponsorship saw Dun Cow finish as runner-up in Division Four and get promoted to Division Three.


Other mediaEdit

  • Freakonomics: The Movie (2010[9]), Chad Troutwine documentary; marketing/distribution via Tribeca Film Festival, Apple Inc. iTunes Store and pay-what-you-wish theatrical release[10]
  • Freakonomics Radio, hosted by Dubner with Levitt as periodic guest; podcast and segments on Marketplace on US public-radio stations
  • Choosing My Religion is being developed as a film.[7]
  • "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," launched in 2016, is a gameshow podcast that Dubner created in partnership with the New York Times.[11]
  • "Footy for Two" is a podcast produced by Stephen Dubner and his son, Solomon Dubner, in which Solomon educates his father on the politics, personalities, and news of international football.[12]



  1. ^ a b c Dubner, Stephen J. (March 31, 1996). "Choosing My Religion". The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 21, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c "Ellen Binder, Stephen Dubner". Weddings. The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-08-18. The bridegroom, 35, is a story editor at The New York Times Magazine...He is a son of Veronica Dubner of Homer, N.Y., and the late S. Paul Dubner, who was a copy editor at The Troy Record in Troy, N.Y. The bridegroom's previous marriage ended in divorce.
  3. ^ "The Boy With Two Belly Buttons" Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine., SJ Dubner webpage.
  4. ^ "The Upside of Quitting", webpage. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
  5. ^ "About ... Stephen J. Dubner", webpage. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  6. ^ "Latest News | Dun Cow FC". Retrieved 2016-01-25.
  7. ^ a b Bio Archived 2008-07-05 at the Wayback Machine., SJ Dubner webpage. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  8. ^ The Boy ..., Amazon listing. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  9. ^ IMDb page, Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  10. ^ "The Making of Freakonomics: The Movie", webpage. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  11. ^ Verdier, Hannah (2016-11-10). "Tell Me Something I Don't Know: the essential new inside-out gameshow". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
  12. ^ "How Stephen J. Dubner, of 'Freakonomics' and 'Tell Me Something I Don't Know,' Spends His Sundays". Retrieved 2018-07-15.

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