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The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion

Sarah Miller, Laura Wherry () and Diana Greene Foster

No 26662, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper evaluates the economic consequences of being denied an abortion due to gestational limits. We link credit report data to the Turnaway Study, the first study to collect high-quality, longitudinal data on women receiving or being denied a wanted abortion in the United States. We compare financial outcomes over a ten-year period for women who had pregnancies just above and below a gestational age limit allowing for a wanted abortion. Outcome trajectories are similar for the two groups of women prior to the abortion encounter. Following the encounter, women who were denied an abortion experience a large increase in financial distress that is sustained for several years. There is also some evidence of a short-term reduction in credit access, but no change in measures of borrowing. Our results highlight important financial and economic consequences of restrictions on abortion access.

JEL-codes: I1 I18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020-01
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Published as Sarah Miller & Laura R. Wherry & Diana Greene Foster, 2023. "The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion," American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, vol 15(1), pages 394-437.

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