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  •  The problem with the abortionists (7+ / 0-)

    theory from Freakenomics was that it didn't explain why younger people were less violent.  It explained why there were less of them, but that didn't explain close to the entire cause of the decline.

    The bitter truth of deep inequality has been disguised by an era of cheap imported goods and the anyone-can-make-it celebrity myth - Polly Toynbee

    by fladem on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 10:22:15 AM PST

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    •  Umm, that's because they have access to (1+ / 0-)
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      lots of violent video games and the like:

      it didn't explain why younger people were less violent
      thus they do not need to act things out in real life.
      •  You should really read the article (2+ / 0-)
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        For one, all the studies this is based on control for other variables that have been posited as explanations for the increase.  Believe it or not, controlling for other variables is a common and expected criteria for acceptance in peer-reviewed journals.

        Secondly, the studies examined cities in all 50 states, and several countries, all with different dates of phasing out leaded gasoline, rates at which the phaseout occurred, environmental regulations, incomes, demographic characteristics, etc. and all showed the same correlation with the rate and time of the phaseout of leaded gasoline.  If other factors played an important role in the decrease, you would not see the close correlation, because it would be affected by the lack of Atari game consoles, or the continuing popularity of cassette tapes, or access to abortion.

        To believe that markets determine value is to believe that milk comes from plastic bottles. Bromley (1985)

        by sneakers563 on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 11:08:58 AM PST

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