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Friday, January 11, 2013

Recommended: Jim Manzi's post on lead and crime

Breaking down the numbers. Here's his conclusion, which makes sense to me:

Drum has made clear that his purpose in doing this article was to get further research and attention on the topic. He has succeeded, and I think it a worthy goal. Before reading his article, I had the intuition that lead exposure should have some effect on crime. Reading the article strengthened this belief. I think it should strengthen this belief in any rational person who has not previously seen this evidence. But that is way short of making a convincing case for spending $400 billion of taxpayer money.

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