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


John R. Lott Jr.


Crime Prevention Research Center

John E. Whitley


University of Adelaide - School of Economics

April 30, 2001

Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 254

Abstract:     
Abortion may prevent the birth of "unwanted" children, who would have relatively small investments in human capital and a higher probability of crime. On the other hand, some research suggests that legalizing abortion increases out-of-wedlock births and single parent families, which implies the opposite impact on investments in human capital and thus crime. The question is: what is the net impact? We find evidence that legalizing abortion increased murder rates by around about 0.5 to 7 percent. Previous estimates are shown to suffer from not directly linking the cohorts who are committing crime with whether they had been born before or after abortion was legal.

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JEL Classification: K4, D13, H11

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Date posted: May 16, 2001  

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Lott, John R. and Whitley, John E., Abortion and Crime: Unwanted Children and Out-of-Wedlock Births (April 30, 2001). Yale Law & Economics Research Paper No. 254. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=270126 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.270126

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John R. Lott Jr. (Contact Author)
Crime Prevention Research Center ( email )
DC
United States
John E. Whitley
University of Adelaide - School of Economics ( email )
Adelaide SA, 5005
Australia
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