May 21, 2019

Michael New, visiting assistant professor, political science and social research, published commentary on National Review about research claiming that the legalization of abortion in the 1970s resulted in crime rate reductions starting in the 1990s.

...Yesterday in NRO, Robert VerBruggen provided a nice history of the ongoing debate among economists over whether the legalization of abortion in the 1970s resulted in lower crime rates starting in the 1990s. John Donohue and Steven Levitt’s working paper on this topic started receiving media attention in 1999. Their study was published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2001 and was popularized in their book Freakonomics. While the study itself has received a great deal of media coverage, most outlets have given subsequent critiques of the study considerably less attention...

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