Did Legalized Abortion Lower Crime?

@article{Joyce2004DidLA,
  title={Did Legalized Abortion Lower Crime?},
  author={Theodore Joyce},
  journal={The Journal of Human Resources},
  year={2004},
  volume={XXXIX},
  pages={1 - 28}
}
  • T. Joyce
  • Published 2004
  • Economics, Psychology
  • The Journal of Human Resources
In this paper I compare changes in homicide and arrest rates among cohorts born before and after the legalization of abortion to changes in crime in the same years among similar cohorts who were unexposed to legalized abortion. I find little consistent evidence that the legalization of abortion in selected states around 1970, and then in the remaining states following Roe v. Wade, had an effect on recent crime rates. I conclude that the dramatic association as reported in a recent study is most… Expand
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