States with the highest abortion rates after Roe v. Wade experienced a 30 percent greater drop in crime by 1997 than states with the lowest rates. (Photo: Jagendorf)
The controversial theory linking Roe v. Wade to a massive crime drop is back in the spotlight as several states introduce abortion restrictions. Steve Levitt and John Donohue discuss their original research, the challenges to its legitimacy, and their updated analysis. Also: what this means for abortion policy, crime policy, and having intelligent conversations about contentious topics.