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Access to Abortion, Investments in Neonatal Health, and Sex-Selection: Evidence from Nepal

  • Christine Valente

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    (Department of Economics, The University of Sheffield)

I combine fertility histories from the 2006 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey with a census of newly introduced legal abortion centers to estimate the impact of reducing the cost of abortion on pregnancy outcomes, gender, and neonatal health. Contrary to previous studies, I identify the within-mother, behavioral response to improved access to abortion by comparing siblings conceived before and after the opening of an abortion center nearby. Closeness to a legal abortion center decreases the probability of a birth but has no discernible effect on observable investments in neonatal health and does not lead to more sex-selection.

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Paper provided by The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011006.

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Length: 54 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
Date of revision: Sep 2011
Handle: RePEc:shf:wpaper:2011006
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