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Topics: Steven D. Levitt

President’s Page: Abortion, Crime and Punishment

Not long ago, I was in Cleveland to speak to a pro-life group. At the dinner before the talk, one of my tablemates, who professed to be wholeheartedly against abortion, trotted out the argument that the legalization of abortion in the early 1970s led to a major drop in murder and other violent crimes a generation later. He had just read Freakonomics by University of Chicago Professor Steven D. Levitt, who maintains that legalized abortion …

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