Measurement Error, Legalized Abortion, and the Decline in Crime: A Response to Foote and Goetz (2005)

@article{Donohue2006MeasurementEL,
  title={Measurement Error, Legalized Abortion, and the Decline in Crime: A Response to Foote and Goetz (2005)},
  author={John J. Donohue and Steven D. Levitt},
  journal={LSN: Criminal Law (Public Law) (Topic)},
  year={2006}
}
Donohue and Levitt (2001) argue that the legalization of abortion in the United States in the 1970s played an important role in explaining the observed decline in crime approximately two decades later. Foote and Goetz (2005) challenge the results presented in one of the tables in that original paper. In this reply, we regretfully acknowledge the omission of state-year interactions in the published version of that table, but show that their inclusion does not alter the qualitative results (or… Expand
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