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The Long-Term Effect of Abortion Legalization on the Demand for Pets


Youjin Hahn


Monash University - Department of Economics

Liang Choon Wang


Monash University - Department of Economics

Hee-Seung Yang


Monash University - Department of Economics

Sepember 23, 2013


Abstract:     
This paper examines whether abortion legalization in the United States during the early 1970s influenced women’s demand for pets later in life. We compare women who were granted early access to legal abortion during their peak childbearing years to women who were not in order to estimate their likelihood of pet ownership and time spent on pets after the women’s childbearing years were over. We find that the probability of owning any pet is approximately nine percentage points higher for women affected by abortion legalization than for non-affected women, and that the affected women spend, on average, seven minutes more per day on their pets.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: abortion legalization, fertility, pet, substitutes

JEL Classification: J13, J22

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Date posted: December 14, 2012 ; Last revised: November 25, 2013

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Hahn, Youjin and Wang, Liang Choon and Yang, Hee-Seung, The Long-Term Effect of Abortion Legalization on the Demand for Pets (Sepember 23, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2188197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2188197

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Youjin Hahn
Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )
Monash University, Department of Economics
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Liang Choon Wang (Contact Author)
Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )
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Australia
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Hee-Seung Yang
Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )
Monash University, Department of Economics
Room E879, Building 11
Clayton, Victoria 3146
Australia
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