THE IMPACT OF LEGALIZED ABORTION ON CRIME

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THE IMPACT OF LEGALIZED  ABORTION ON CRIME JOHN J. DONOHUE III AND  STEVEN D. LEVITT The Quarterly Journal of Economics  Vol. CXVI, May 2001 Issue 2
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Introduction & Background Since 1991, the United States has experienced the  sharpest drop in murder rates since the end of  Prohibition in 1933. Homicide rates have fallen more  than 40 percent. They have offered an array of explanations: the  increasing use of incarceration, growth in the number  of police, improved policing strategies such as those  adopted in New York, declines in the crack cocaine  trade, the strong economy, and increased  expenditures on victim precautions such as security  guards and alarms. Moreover, the widespread nature of the crime drop  argues against explanations such as improved policing  techniques since many cities that have not improved  their police forces (e.g., Los Angeles) have  nonetheless seen enormous crime declines.
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Abortion The Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in  Roe v.  Wade legalizing abortion nationwide  potentially .  Its the  criteria for explaining a  large, abrupt, and continuing decrease in  crime. The sheer magnitude of the number of  abortions performed satisfies the first  criterion that any shock underlying the recent  drop in crime must be substantial. Seven  years after  Roe v. Wade,  over 1.6 million  abortions were being performed annually— almost one abortion for every two live births.
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Theoretical Impacts of Abortion Reduction in cohort size Lower per capita offending rates for affected  cohorts
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