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Abortion and Crime:

On Truth on the Market, Josh Wright has an extensive and even-handed discussion of the theoretical and empirical questions surrounding the abortion and crime debate kicked off by Donohue & Levitt a few years ago.

billb:
As I posted over on Wright's site, it looks like Lott is suing Levitt now (not over this, but over the portrayal of Lott's work in Freakonomics).
4.11.2006 5:46pm
ReaderY:
Suppose it could be definitely proven that legalizing contract killing (at least among rival gang or organized crime figures, and perhaps under regulation such as a designated hunting season for which one would have to purchase a license and pay taxes on ones earnings), would reduce the overall crime rate, on grounds that the policy would tend to reduce the pool of criminals through a kind of natural weeding-out process. And suppose moreover that it also significantly increased revenue in areas with otherwise low tax bases.

Should society go for it?
4.11.2006 6:58pm
Fishbane (mail):
Should society go for it?

A man is in prison in part over a similar idea for using markets to, ahem, facilitate civil service reduction. Google "assassination politics" and "Jim Bell" if you're curious.
4.11.2006 8:02pm