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Effects of state contraceptive insurance mandates

Angela Dills and Anca M. Grecu

Economics & Human Biology, 2017, vol. 24, issue C, 30-42

Abstract: Using U.S. Natality data for 1996 through 2009 and an event analysis specification, we investigate the dynamics of the effects of state insurance contraceptive mandates on births and measures of parental investment: prenatal visits, non-marital childbearing, and risky behaviors during pregnancy. We analyze outcomes separately by age, race, and ethnicity. Among young Hispanic women, we find a 4% decline in the birth rate. There is evidence of a decrease in births to single mothers, consistent with increased wantedness. We also find evidence of selection into motherhood, which could explain the lack of a significant effect on birth outcomes.

Keywords: Insurance mandate; Contraceptive; Birth rates; Infant health; Economics of the family (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I13 I18 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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