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Home | News | Paper by Elisa de Weerd and Hans van Kippersluis published in AEA Papers and Proceedings
News | May 31, 2024

Paper by Elisa de Weerd and Hans van Kippersluis published in AEA Papers and Proceedings

The paper 'Transgender Transitioning and Responsiveness to Policy: Evidence from the Netherlands' by PhD student Elisa de Weerd and research fellow Hans van Kippersluis (Erasmus University Rotterdam), together with co-author John Cawley (Cornell University), has been published in AEA Papers and Proceedings (Vol. 114, 2024). 

Paper by Elisa de Weerd and Hans van Kippersluis published in AEA Papers and Proceedings
Abstract

This study examines a 2014 policy change in the Netherlands that simplified the process to legally transition gender. Administrative data for 2006–2022 indicate that there was a 725 percent increase in transitions after the policy change, suggesting that legal gender transitions are elastic to costs and barriers. The policy change was followed by a ten-year reduction in the average age at transition and a reduction in the use of gender-affirming care in the three years prior to transitioning. This research sheds light on how policy changes can influence decisions related to gender transitioning and the use of gender-affirming care.

Article citation

Elisa de Weerd, John Cawley, and Hans van Kippersluis. 2024. "Transgender Transitioning and Responsiveness to Policy: Evidence from the Netherlands." AEA Papers and Proceedings114: 364-68.

AEA Papers and Proceedings, published once a year, contains AEA proceedings and selected papers presented at the AEA sessions of the ASSA Annual Meeting.