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Lead causes crime?

2013-01-04 08:32:36.587125-08 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-04 10:37:09.591483-08 by: dexev

The Reason response actually supported the lead-crime finding. As I read it, they were mostly trying to restrict the IQ and ADHD links. Original paper here:

http://pic.plover.com/Nevin/Nevin2007.pdf

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-04 10:51:19.402444-08 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks. I went after the Reason post 'cause I was trying to find sources other than Mother Jones, and just skimmed it.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-08 08:00:21.131631-08 by: Dan Lyke

Wired on the long history of knowing that lead in gasoline was bad.

#Comment Re: made: 2013-01-09 08:17:56.471932-08 by: Dan Lyke

His Science Is Too Tight! The Link Between Leaded Gasoline and Crime has some critical words, and links (approvingly) to Kevin Drum's response to a couple of critiques:

That said, Firestone is right to want further research. In particular, he's right to point out that my cost-benefit numbers involved a fair amount of handwaving. That's because no one has done a truly comprehensive analysis that I could draw on. So the truth is that we're both on the same track here. My goal wasn't to pretend that a magazine article can make an airtight scientific case for the association of lead and crime. My goal was to lay out the evidence and get the scientific community to take it seriously enough to take the next step. ...