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The Incidental Fertility Effects of School Condom Distribution Programs

44 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2016  

Kasey Buckles

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics

Daniel M. Hungerman

University of Notre Dame

Date Written: June 2016

Abstract

While the fertility effects of improving teenagers’ access to contraception are theoretically ambiguous, most empirical work has shown that access decreases teen fertility. In this paper, we consider the fertility effects of access to condoms—a method of contraception not considered in prior work. We exploit variation across counties and across time in teenagers’ exposure to condom distribution programs in schools. We find that access to condoms in schools increases teen fertility by about 10 percent. These effects are driven by communities where condoms are provided without mandated counseling.

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Suggested Citation

Buckles, Kasey and Hungerman, Daniel M., The Incidental Fertility Effects of School Condom Distribution Programs (June 2016). NBER Working Paper No. w22322. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2794728

Kasey Buckles (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Department of Economics ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

Daniel M. Hungerman

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN New South Wales 46556-5646
United States

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