Econometric Analyses of U.S. Abortion Policy: A Critical Review
32 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2004 Last revised: 25 Mar 2010
Although most of the debates on abortion policy hinge on normative beliefs about the relative rights of women and their unborn children, the regulation of abortion access has large consequentialist implications as well. In recent years, economists have devoted significant attention to these positive aspects of abortion policy, using econometric techniques to estimate the effect of changes in abortion policy on sexual behavior, crime, opportunities for women, and public finance considerations. This article reviews this literature for a non-technical audience, highlighting the policy implications of the research and critiquing the methodologies used.
Keywords: Abortion, Birth Control, Sex, Crime, Women, Welfare
JEL Classification: H5, I1, J1, K3
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