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The Impact of Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers Laws on Abortions and Births

Grace E. Arnold

No 1093, GLO Discussion Paper Series from Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Abstract: This paper analyzes the impact of supply-side abortion restrictions on aggregate abortion and birth rates in the United States. 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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