The Long-Term Effect of Abortion Legalization on the Demand for Pets
23 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2012 Last revised: 25 Nov 2013
Date Written: Sepember 23, 2013
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.
Keywords: abortion legalization, fertility, pet, substitutes
JEL Classification: J13, J22
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