The Abortion Crime Link: Evidence from England and Wales

21 Pages Posted: 29 Dec 2007

See all articles by Leo H. Kahane

Leo H. Kahane

Providence College

David Paton

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS)

Rob W. Simmons

Lancaster University

Abstract

Using data from England and Wales, we test the hypothesis that legalizing abortion reduces crime. The timing of changes in crime rates in aggregate data is generally inconsistent with this hypothesis. Using panel data on recorded crime from 1983 to 2001, we are able to replicate the negative association between abortion rates and reported crime that J. J. Donohue and S. D. Levitt found for the United States. However, this association breaks down under the scrutiny of robustness checks and is not present when we examine data on convictions broken down by age. Overall, we find no clear, consistent relationship between abortion and crime in England and Wales.

Suggested Citation

Kahane, Leo H. and Paton, David and Simmons, Rob W., The Abortion Crime Link: Evidence from England and Wales. Economica, Vol. 75, Issue 297, pp. 1-21, February 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1079189 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0335.2007.00627.x

Leo H. Kahane (Contact Author)

Providence College ( email )

United States

David Paton

Nottingham University Business School (NUBS) ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham NG8 1BB
United Kingdom
+44 0 115 8466601 (Phone)

Rob W. Simmons

Lancaster University ( email )

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
28
Abstract Views
1,175
PlumX Metrics