A new GLO Discussion Paper provides a suggested coding of the policy environment over the past 60 years.
Accepted for publication in the Journal of Population Economics.
Has the US Supreme Court voted to overturn abortion rights? The paper by Caitlin Myers provides important background information about the US policy environment over decades.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1073, 2022
Confidential and legal access to abortion and contraception in the United States, 1960-2020 – Download PDF
by Myers, Caitlin Knowles
GLO Fellow Caitlin Myers
Author Abstract: An expansive empirical literature estimates the causal effects of policies governing young women’s confidential and legal access to contraception and abortion. I present a new review of changes in the historical policy environment in the United States that serve as the foundation of this work. I consult primary sources including annotated statutes, judicial rulings, attorney general opinions, and advisory articles in medical journals, as well as secondary sources including newspaper articles and snapshots of various policy environments prepared by scholars, advocates, and government organizations. Based on this review, I provide a suggested coding of the policy environment over the past 60 years. I also present and compare the legal coding schemes used in the empirical literature and where possible I resolve numerous and substantial discrepancies.
NOTE on the latest situation in Florida: “Florida is the latest state to pass legislation that further restricts access to abortion.”
Vol. 35, Issue 3, July 2022: Journal of Population Economics: 15 articles
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