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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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    (Bar Ilan University)

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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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Paper provided by Bar-Ilan University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2008-06.

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Keywords: gender gap; abortion; fertility; human capital; economic growth;

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Cited by:
  1. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2011. "Male vs. Female Guest-Worker Migration: Does it Matter for Fertility in the Source Country?," Working Papers 2011-25, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University.
  2. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2011. "Integrated Public Education, Fertility and Human Capital," CESifo Working Paper Series 3545, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Chaudhuri, Sanjukta, 2010. "Women's Empowerment in South Asia and Southeast Asia: A Comparative Analysis," MPRA Paper 19686, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Leonid V. Azarnert, 2014. "Transportation Costs and the Great Divergence," CESifo Working Paper Series 4766, CESifo Group Munich.

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