Planning Better: Unplanned Pregnancies, Parental Investment, and Newborn Outcomes
SeriesBrown Bag Seminars General Economics
Speaker(s)Joaquín Paseyro Mayol (Erasmus University of Rotterdam and University of Siena, Italy)
LocationErasmus University Rotterdam, E building, Kitchen/Lounge E1
Date and time
June 29, 2023
12:00 - 13:00
Development begins before birth, yet socioeconomic policies often overlook the long-term repercussions of reproductive decisions. In this paper, we leverage the staggered adoption of a contraceptive policy in Uruguay to study the effect of better contraceptive accessibility on unplanned births, parental investment, and newborn health outcomes. Our findings reveal a significant 14% reduction in the number of births, leading to shifts in birth characteristics and a noteworthy 4%-6% increase in measures of parental investment. Additionally, we find suggestive evidence of improvements in neonatal outcomes.