Steve Levitt, Freakonomics, abortion and crime

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Steven_levittTED speaker Steve Levitt, author of the best-selling Freakonomics, faced new accusations this past week that he’d made critical mistakes in his controversial claim that the main reason crime rates fell in the 90’s was because of the legalization of abortion in the 70’s. At his blog, he’s just posted a vigorous defence. The debate may be too technical for us mere lay-people, but it’s clear he’s not backing down.