Abortion and Crime: Unwanted Children and Out-of-Wedlock Births

@inproceedings{Lott2001AbortionAC,
  title={Abortion and Crime: Unwanted Children and Out-of-Wedlock Births},
  author={John R. Lott and John E. Whitley},
  year={2001}
}
"Legalizing abortion can either increase or decrease investments in children's human capital. This article finds that abortion increases the number of out-of-wedlock births. Using data that more directly links the criminal with age when the crime was committed, not age when arrested, and fixing the assumption in previous research that no abortions took place prior to the" Roe v. Wade "decision in the 45 states affected by that decision, we find consistent significant evidence that legalizing… Expand
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