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Abortion and Crime, Revisited (Ep. 384 Update)

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The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime

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The effects implied by our data are so big that i actually think it will make people more, rather than less, sceptical about what's going on. The cumulative effect over the last 30 years suggests that abortion might explain something like 80 or 90 % of the entire decline in crime. You know, a lot has changed since 19 73, beyond abortion policy and abortion laws, access to birth control and many other factors that may intersect or not witha crime causal factors. But i hope that we would have published the paper anyway. Because the thing is, if we didn't publish it, someone else would have published it. One of my first rules of doing research is, when you find out

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