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The impact of legalized abortion on crime

Author: John J Donohue, III; Steven D Levitt; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2000.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 8004.
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Abstract: We offer evidence that legalized abortion has contributed significantly to recent crime reductions. Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization. The 5 states that allowed abortion in 1970 experienced declines earlier than the rest of the nation, which legalized in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. States with high abortion rates in the 1970s and 1980s experienced greater crime reductions in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Statistics
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John J Donohue, III; Steven D Levitt; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 70123900
Notes: "November 2000."
Description: 1 online resource (38, [26] pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), working paper no. 8004.
Responsibility: John J. Donohue III, Steven D. Levitt.

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Abstract: We offer evidence that legalized abortion has contributed significantly to recent crime reductions. Crime began to fall roughly 18 years after abortion legalization. The 5 states that allowed abortion in 1970 experienced declines earlier than the rest of the nation, which legalized in 1973 with Roe v. Wade. States with high abortion rates in the 1970s and 1980s experienced greater crime reductions in the 1990s. In high abortion states, only arrests of those born after abortion legalization fall relative to low abortion states. Legalized abortion appears to account for as much as 50 percent of the recent drop in crime.

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