American economist and Stanford and Yale law professor who published numerous scholarly papers outlining his theory that the legalization of abortion lowers crime rates.
After graduating from Hamilton College in 1974, he earned his law degree from Harvard and his economics PhD from Yale.
In 2012, he served as president of the American Law and Economics Association.
He grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1982, he launched an unsuccessful campaign for a Democratic seat in the Connecticut State Senate.
He and fellow economist Arthur Laffer were both affiliated with Yale and Stanford Universities.