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The Consequences of Abortion and Contraception Policies on YoungWomen’s Reproductive Choices, Schooling and Labor Supply
Abstract

I specify a dynamic life-cycle model of abortion, contraceptive use, schooling, and labor supply decisions of US women. I structurally estimate the model, allowing for abortion misreporting, using from the NLSY97, aggregate abortion provider data from the Guttmacher Institute, and information on mandatory counseling restrictions at the state level. I simulate a series of policies and find that eliminating access to abortion services increases contraceptive use but decreases women’s schooling and lifetime earnings. I also find that providing free contraception would increase contraceptive use and decrease abortion rates substantially, while also leading to an increase in women’s schooling.

Autores:
Diego Amador
Palabras clave:
Abortion, Contraception, Fertility, Human Capital, Structural Estimation.
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Año:
2017
Mes:
Junio
Número:
43