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The Tyranny of the Single Minded: Guns, Environment, and Abortion

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The Tyranny of the Single Minded : Guns, Environment, and Abortion. / Bouton, Laurent; Conconi, Paola; Pino, Francisco; Zanardi, Maurizio.

In: The Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 103, No. 1, 23.03.2021, p. 48-59.

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Bouton, L, Conconi, P, Pino, F & Zanardi, M 2021, 'The Tyranny of the Single Minded: Guns, Environment, and Abortion', The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 103, no. 1, pp. 48-59. https://doi.org/10.1162/rest_a_00897

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Bouton, L., Conconi, P., Pino, F., & Zanardi, M. (2021). The Tyranny of the Single Minded: Guns, Environment, and Abortion. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 103(1), 48-59. https://doi.org/10.1162/rest_a_00897

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Bouton L, Conconi P, Pino F, Zanardi M. The Tyranny of the Single Minded: Guns, Environment, and Abortion. The Review of Economics and Statistics. 2021 Mar 23;103(1):48-59. https://doi.org/10.1162/rest_a_00897

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Bouton, Laurent ; Conconi, Paola ; Pino, Francisco ; Zanardi, Maurizio. / The Tyranny of the Single Minded : Guns, Environment, and Abortion. In: The Review of Economics and Statistics. 2021 ; Vol. 103, No. 1. pp. 48-59.

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