Competitive Pressures and Access to Infertility Treatments by Single Women

11 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2016

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Drake Hernandez

University of Texas at Austin

Helen Schneider

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics

Date Written: August 3, 2016

Abstract

With the increase in fertility problems and delayed childbearing, demand for infertility treatments has been rising. Today, in-vitro fertilization (IVF) is the most successful infertility treatment but access to IVF is uneven due to its high costs and personal and religious attitudes. To meet rising demand for infertility treatments many markets saw an increased entry of infertility clinics. This study examines the relationship between competitive pressures and access to IVF in the United States by single women. We use US data from 1995 and 2014 to show that competitive pressures improve access to infertility treatments for single women across markets and over time. Overall, this study finds that competition among IVF clinics has a beneficial effect on access to IVF.

Keywords: İnfertility, IVF, HHI, Access

JEL Classification: I14, P46

Suggested Citation

Hernandez, Drake and Schneider, Helen, Competitive Pressures and Access to Infertility Treatments by Single Women (August 3, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2817901 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2817901

Drake Hernandez

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX Texas 78712
United States

Helen Schneider (Contact Author)

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Economics ( email )

Austin, TX 78712
United States

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