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    Azazello, deepeco

    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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