Bryan Caplan  

Correction on Abortion

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[Update: Sam Wilson weighs in.]

The noble Sam Wilson pointed out a problem with this morning's abortion regressions.  My dependent variable, ABORTION, was constructed by another GSS user.  This user coded people who weren't asked about abortion as "no's."  The true yes/no split on "abortion for any reason" is 41/59.  Here are the corrected regressions using ABANY as the dependent variable.

Regressing abortion views on sexual partners, age, age squared, year, and sex:

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Adding a control for ideology:

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Adding controls for church attendance and Biblical literalism:

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Main change: The absolute magnitude of all the main coefficients rises by roughly 50%, leaving the relative role of ideas and interests about the same.  Main difference: Number of male sexual partners now looks about 50% more important than number of female sexual partners. 

Still, I messed up, and I apologize.




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