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Did the legalization of abortion increase women's household bargaining power? Evidence from labor supply

Oreffice, S (2007) Did the legalization of abortion increase women's household bargaining power? Evidence from labor supply Review of Economics of the Household, 5 (2). pp. 181-207.

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Abstract

I estimate the impact of abortion legalization on spouses' labor supplies to test whether legalization increased women's household bargaining power, in a collective household behavior framework. Based on CPS data, I find that wives' labor supply decreased and their husbands' increased, which is consistent with the bargaining hypothesis. This contrasts with most studies of abortion and birth control technologies, which predict a labor supply effect only for women, and of opposite sign. Also consistent with the bargaining interpretation, I estimate no significant impact on anti-abortion religious couples or on those who regularly used contraceptives. PSID data yield supportive evidence. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007.

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Oreffice, Ss.oreffice@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 June 2007
Identification Number : https://doi.org/10.1007/s11150-007-9009-y
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:25
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:35
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/819531

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