Department

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2009

Abstract

We examine the impact of recent state-level Medicaid policy changes that expanded eligibility for family planning services to higher-income women and to Medicaid clients whose benefits would expire otherwise. We show that the income-based policy change reduced overall births to non-teens by about 2% and to teens by over 4%; estimates suggest a decline of 9% among newly eligible women. The reduction in fertility appears to have been accomplished via greater use of contraception. Our calculations indicate that allowing higher-income women to receive federally funded family planning cost on the order of $6,800 for each averted birth.

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The original publication is available at http://www.mitpressjournals.org/loi/rest.

Citation

Kearney, Melissa S. and Phillip B. Levine. "Subsidized Contraception, Fertility, and Sexual Behavior." The Review of Economics and Statistics, February 2009, 91(1): 137–151.

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