Another Criminologist Takes On the Lead-Crime Hypothesis (Mother Jones)

By KEVIN DRUM | April 24, 2012

Mark Kleiman points me today to a critique from criminologist Phil Cook of the lead-crime hypothesis. Unlike some others, however, thisis a sensible one:

Even a fairly casual glance at the data demonstrates that whatever the cause of the crime surge, and then the crime drop, it was not associated with particular cohorts. It was an environmental effect — 10 cohorts were swept up in the crime surge simultaneously, and the drop has the same correlated pattern.

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