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Abortion And Human Capital Accumulation: A Contribution To The Understanding Of The Gender Gap In Education

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  • Leonid V. Azarnert

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This article analyzes the relationship between abortion and female education. It provides new empirical evidence from sub-Saharan Africa to show that more liberal abortion policies are associated with a higher female secondary school enrollment. It is assumed in the model that easier access to abortion decreases probability of dropping out of school for a female child in the case of an occasional pregnancy. As a consequence, it enhances parental investments in human capital of their female offspring and helps to reduce the gender gap in education, as consistent with the evidence.

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Article provided by Scottish Economic Society in its journal Scottish Journal of Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 56 (2009)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 559-579

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Cited by:
  1. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2011. "Integrated Public Education, Fertility and Human Capita," Working Papers, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics 2011-24, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
  2. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2011. "Male vs. Female Guest-Worker Migration: Does it Matter for Fertility in the Source Country?," Working Papers, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics 2011-25, Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics.
  3. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2014. "Transportation Costs and the Great Divergence," CESifo Working Paper Series 4766, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Chaudhuri, Sanjukta, 2010. "Women's Empowerment in South Asia and Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis," MPRA Paper 19686, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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