Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Generation Lead

If you the lead-crime link is true, then the lead-asshole link should also be true. The behavioral impact of lead which leads to criminal behavior should also be linked to lower level asshole behavior. And given differential treatment of racial groups by law enforcement, one person's asshole behavior is another person's crime.

Three recent papers consider the effects of lead exposure on juvenile delinquency and crime rates, using three very different empirical approaches and social contexts. All have plausible (but very different) control groups, and all point to the same conclusion: lead exposure leads to big increases in criminal behavior.

Assholes everywhere, just not every asshole gets treated as a criminal, and not all criminality causes racial groups to be labeled super predators.