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Sex and the Single Girl: The Role of Culture in Contraception Demand

  • Kelly Ragan

    (Stockholm School of Economics)

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    Historical differences in out-of-wedlock childbearing predict a quarter of demand for the Pill in Sweden. The positive relationship is robust to the inclusion of extensive economic and demographic controls, marriage market characteristics, and religion measures. Alternative estimators and empirical models that account for fixed community characteristics yield similar results. A model of demand for premarital sex is developed where social sanctions and marriage customs play a prominent role. The model illustrates how these features of culture influence both unwed birth and adoption of new contraceptive technologies. The model and empirical evidence paint a consistent picture; culture matters for contraception demand.

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    Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2012 Meeting Papers with number 846.

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