Friday, May 18, 2007

Michigan Pittsburgh Freakonomics

Freakonomics, urban development, Richard Florida and more: A good interview with Steve Levitt, the author of Freakonomics, is online at Metromode, which covers things Michigan. Could that all be about Pittsburgh? Note he mentions in passing the topic in Levitt's book that gets the most press, a link he hypothesizes between legalized abortion and crime rates. Matt Kahn points out some more recent research that has another explanation for the long term decline in crime: lead abatement. See the recent NBER paper on the topic if you are interested: Environmental Policy as Social Policy? The Impact of Childhood Lead Exposure on Crime by Jessica Wolpaw Reyes

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