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

Diego Amador

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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 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. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 J16 J20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 70
Date: 2017-06-12
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