Reflection Of Freakonomics

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Steven Levitt and Stephan Dubner in their essay “Freakonomics: The Hidden Side of Everything.” (2005) Levitt and Dubner argue that economics is, at root, the study of incentives. They mention the many different types of crime and the rate that it is increasing and decreasing as time goes by. Levitt and Dubners essay points out how often a crime really is happening in different ways that most people would not even realize that it is taking place. I believe that crime is affecting our world negatively and we need to get together and do everything possible to put it to a stop. In their opening, they mention out of the people of the United States that watch the news or read the daily paper will be forgiven for being scared of how the rate of …show more content…
Mc. Corvey stated, “While municipal police force does seem to vary over state and local electronic cycle… electronics do not induce enough variations in police hiring to regenerate informative estimates of the effect of police on crime.” As George B. believes that’s Levitts thesis has may have gone about it in the wrong way considering that abortion is what is leading to the fallen crime rate when the real answer could be to stop the unwanted pregnancies in the first place. He points out that many churches don’t believe in birth control and many conservatives appose sex education and providing birth control to minors. Many liberals support generous welfare programs that encourage mothers to keep their unwanted children for payments. He quotes, “My primary point here is that there are often unintended consequences to laws that we don’t recognize when someone like Levitt identifies an unintended consequence his providing information that helps us make informed …show more content…
Although it’s much easier to believe as the media says that the drop in crime was due to better policing, gun control, and a growing economy. How does one know that the crime rate is really from legalized abortion? Two years before Roe VS Wade, a woman was able to get a legal abortion in five states and the crime rate for those five states began the fall earlier than the other forty five states. There are several other factors that could cause the crime rate to fall dramatically, but the statistics show abortion is the common factor throughout all states and has the highest

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