The Effect of Access to Legal Abortion on Fertility, Marriage, and Long-term Outcomes for Women
SpeakerJudit Vall Castello (Universitat de Barcelona)
Date and time
March 01, 2022
15:30 - 16:30
Abstract: We evaluate the short- and long-term effects for women of access to legal, subsidized abortion. We find evidence that the legalization of abortion in Spain in 1985 led to an immediate decrease in births, more pronounced for younger women in provinces with a higher supply of abortion services. Affected women were more likely to graduate from high school, less likely to marry young, less likely to divorce in the long-term, and reported higher life satisfaction as adults. We do not find negative effects on completed fertility, nor do we find significant effects on labor market outcomes in the long run.If you are interested in joining this seminar online, please contact Nadine Ketel, Paul Muller or Sara Signorelli.