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The impact of targeted regulation of abortion providers laws on abortions and births

Grace Arnold ()
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Grace Arnold: Portland State University

Journal of Population Economics, 2022, vol. 35, issue 4, No 3, 1443-1472

Abstract: Abstract This paper analyzes the impact of supply-side abortion restrictions on aggregate abortion and birth rates in the USA. Specifically, I exploit state and time variation in the implementation of the first targeted regulation of abortion provider (TRAP) law in a state to identify the effects of the laws. I find that TRAP laws are associated with a reduction in the abortion rate of approximately 5% the year the first law is implemented, and an average reduction of 11–14% in subsequent years. There is also evidence that TRAP laws increased birth rates by 2–3%, which accounts for approximately 80–100% of the observed decline in abortion rates.

Keywords: Abortion; Abortion providers; Economics of gender; Public policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I18 J13 J16 J18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1007/s00148-022-00903-3

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