Pregnancy prompts mums- and dads-to-be to change their ways
ALMOST ANY parent will agree that once you have a child, life is never quite the same again. Having to provide for another, utterly dependent, human being can spur new mums and dads to find reserves of generosity, care and energy they never knew they had. A new paper by Maxim Massenkoff and Evan Rose, two economics PhD students at the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the very prospect of becoming a parent makes them much more law-abiding, too.
Using data on over 1m babies born in Washington state between 1996 and 2009, and on thousands of crimes committed there between 1992