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Whitaker, Stephan – Economics of Education Review, 2011
This analysis examines whether the legalization of abortion changed high school graduation rates among the children selected into birth. Unless women in all socio-economic circumstances sought abortions to the same extent, increased use of abortion must have changed the distribution of child development inputs. I find that higher abortion ratios…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Graduation, Educational Attainment, Pregnancy
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Ananat, Elizabeth Oltmans; Gruber, Jonathan; Levine, Phillip – Journal of Human Resources, 2007
The early-1970s abortion legalization led to a significant drop in fertility. We investigate whether this decline represented a delay in births or a permanent reduction in fertility. We combine Census and Vital Statistics data to compare the lifetime fertility of women born in early-legalizing states, whose peak childbearing years occurred in the…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Females, Childlessness, Birth Rate
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Joyce, Ted – Journal of Human Resources, 2004
Changes in homicide and arrest rates were compared among cohorts born before and after legalization of abortion and those who were unexposed to legalized abortion. It was found that legalized abortion improved the lives of many women as they could avoid unwanted births.
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Delinquency, Females, Quality of Life
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Rosen, Raye Hudson – Adolescence, 1980
This paper examines the extent to which teenagers involve their parents in decision making on the resolution of unwanted conceptions, even though legalization of abortion allows them to terminate their pregnancies without parental knowledge. (RMH)
Descriptors: Abortions, Adolescents, Decision Making, Females