A new GLO Discussion Paper finds for the USA that regulations have reduced abortions and increased fertility.
GLO Discussion Paper No. 1093, 2022
GLO Fellow Grace Arnold
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Author 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.
Vol. 35, Issue 3, July 2022: Journal of Population Economics: 15 articles
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