Levitt on Abortion/Crime: A FREAK-TV Collage of Evidence

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In the video player on the left, you’ll find Part 2 of Levitt’s discussion of the research behind the abortion/crime link. (You can find Part 1 in the video player as well; here’s the blog post that accompanied it.) In this installment, he discusses the collage of evidence that convinced him and John Donohue of the link between legalized abortion and a lower crime rate.

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  1. Charles Paul Hoffman says:

    Out of curiosity – was there ever any follow-up research to look at the crime rates in other countries after they legalized abortion? For example, abortion was legalized later in Canada (1988) than in the United States. If the increase in abortion did indeed have an impact on crime, we should see it in other countries as well.

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  2. Charles Paul Hoffman says:

    Out of curiosity – was there ever any follow-up research to look at the crime rates in other countries after they legalized abortion? For example, abortion was legalized later in Canada (1988) than in the United States. If the increase in abortion did indeed have an impact on crime, we should see it in other countries as well.

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  3. mgroves says:

    What the heck is with the random stock footage?

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  4. mgroves says:

    What the heck is with the random stock footage?

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  5. Julian says:

    I really love the random stock footage

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  6. Julian says:

    I really love the random stock footage

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  7. Alex says:

    I was a believer given the intuitiveness of the “abortion-crime link” logic – until I read of Rick Nevin’s research on international correlation between discontinuing leaded gas and dropping crime rates. He shows numerous countries where 18 years after banning leaded gas the crime rate drops. Also points out that Britain legalized abortion in 70′s (withOUT lead ban) but saw crime soar in 90′s.

    Below is a link to Washington Post abstract

    http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/1301021401.html?dids=1301021401:1301021401&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Jul+8%2C+2007&author=Shankar+Vedantam+-+Washington+Post+Staff+Writer&pub=The+Washington+Post&edition=&startpage=A.2&desc=Research+Links+Lead+Exposure%2C+Criminal+Activity

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  8. Alex says:

    I was a believer given the intuitiveness of the “abortion-crime link” logic – until I read of Rick Nevin’s research on international correlation between discontinuing leaded gas and dropping crime rates. He shows numerous countries where 18 years after banning leaded gas the crime rate drops. Also points out that Britain legalized abortion in 70′s (withOUT lead ban) but saw crime soar in 90′s.

    Below is a link to Washington Post abstract

    http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/access/1301021401.html?dids=1301021401:1301021401&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&date=Jul+8%2C+2007&author=Shankar+Vedantam+-+Washington+Post+Staff+Writer&pub=The+Washington+Post&edition=&startpage=A.2&desc=Research+Links+Lead+Exposure%2C+Criminal+Activity

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