Fighting Abortion With Crime?

The Donohue and Levitt article builds upon the chapter we read from Freakonomics last week. They begin by discussing how the common explanations for the drop in crime in the 1990s did not actually contribute that much. Rather it was “Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion nationwide potentially fits the criteria for explaining a large, abrupt, […]

Posted at 11:31 PM on May 3, 2012 | 1 comment | Filed Under: Reading Responses | Continue reading

Where Have All the Criminals Gone?

Chapter 4 of Freakonomics looks at the causes of the decline in American crime in the 1990s. Levitt and Dubner confirm (i.e. increased number of police) and debunk (i.e. aging of the population) several common explanations for the drop in crime, but they reach a controversial conclusion as to what the key source is: abortion. […]

Posted at 12:24 AM on April 27, 2012 | 1 comment | Filed Under: Reading Responses | Continue reading

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