The Consequences of Abortion and Contraception Policies on Young Women's Reproductive Choices, Schooling and Labor Supply

70 Pages Posted: 15 Jun 2017

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Diego Amador

Texas Policy Lab - Rice University

Date Written: June 12, 2017

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 data 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.

Keywords: Abortion, Contraception, Fertility, Human Capital, Structural Estimation

JEL Classification: J13, J16, J20

Suggested Citation

Amador, Diego, The Consequences of Abortion and Contraception Policies on Young Women's Reproductive Choices, Schooling and Labor Supply (June 12, 2017). Documento CEDE No. 2017-43, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2987367 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2987367

Diego Amador (Contact Author)

Texas Policy Lab - Rice University ( email )

Rice University – MS 272
5620 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
United States

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