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Sunday
Jan062019

RS 224 - Rick Nevin on "The long-term effects of lead on crime"

Release date: January 6th, 2019

Rick Nevin (Photo: The Washington Post)

This episode features Rick Nevin, an economist who is known for his research suggesting that lead is one of the main causes of crime. Rick and Julia discuss: how do we know the correlation between lead and crime is a sign of a causal relationship? Has the lead-crime theory made any successful predictions? And is it possible that getting rid of lead could reduce the crime rate down to zero?

Links 

Rick Nevin's website

"Lucifer Curves: The Legacy of Lead Poisoning" by Rick Nevin

"The Rising Curve" by Ulric Neisser

Edited by Brent Silk

Music by Miracles of Modern Science

Full Transcripts 

Reader Comments (4)

Rick Nevin's website has some great graphs on his website that indicate a striking correlation between Lead exposure versus low IQ and crime.

The decrease in unwed pregnancy may have something to do with more readily available contraception. The increase in college attendance may have something to do with the "college for everyone" policy.

If someone really did find low levels of Lead has more impact on IQ than genetics, that would constitute a genuinely wild result. High levels of Lead obviously have a definitive effect, since they result in death.
January 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJameson
Damn, Im gonna be of of those who say "Im no expert but.." and then continue talking....but "facts" beside, he sounds a lot like a guest of Be Reasonable podcast :-/
January 9, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterKrasny Vladimir
Did IQ drop between 1940 and 1970?
How do whites and blacks compare after controlling for lead exposure?
Are other factors affecting IQ like mercury exposure?
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/study-iq-loss-from-mercury-costly/
January 11, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMax
All that lead that Djhengis Kahn inhaled ?
January 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJonas Lundholm

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