Abortion legalization and life-cycle fertility

Published

Journal Article

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 early 1970s, to that of women from other states and cohorts. We find that much of the reduction was permanent, in that women did not compensate by having more children later, and that it largely reflects an increased share of women remaining childless throughout their fertile years. © 2007 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

Cited Authors

  • Ananat, EO; Gruber, J; Levine, P

Published Date

  • March 1, 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 375 - 397

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-166X

Citation Source

  • Scopus