Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility by Phillip B. Levine | 9780691130453 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility
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Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility

by Phillip B. Levine
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691130450

ISBN-13: 9780691130453

Pub. Date: 07/02/2007

Publisher: Princeton University Press

How do individuals change their behavior when abortion access increases? In this innovative book, economist Phillip Levine uses economic analysis to consider this question, comparing abortion to a form of insurance. Like insurance, he contends, abortion provides protection from downside risk. A pregnant woman who would otherwise give birth to an unwanted child has

Overview

How do individuals change their behavior when abortion access increases? In this innovative book, economist Phillip Levine uses economic analysis to consider this question, comparing abortion to a form of insurance. Like insurance, he contends, abortion provides protection from downside risk. A pregnant woman who would otherwise give birth to an unwanted child has the option to abort. On the other hand, the availability of this option may increase the likelihood of a pregnancy in the first place.

In a very restrictive abortion environment, few women would choose to have an abortion; legalizing abortion would reduce unwanted births. But if abortion becomes readily available, it may cause individuals to increase their sexual activity and/or reduce their use of contraception, Levine contends. Women will become pregnant more frequently, but will abort those pregnancies. Therefore, these abortions will not reduce unwanted births.

Levine's analysis suggests that the manner in which individuals change their behavior depends on the extent to which abortion is accessible. He supports these assertions using data from both the United States and Eastern Europe, comparing areas that have restricted access to abortion services with those that have liberalized access. Using sound economic analysis, Sex and Consequences goes beyond the ideological arguments that frequently dominate the abortion debate, lending a new perspective to this controversial subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691130453
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
07/02/2007
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

LIST OF FIGURES ix
LIST OF TABLES xiii
PREFACE xv
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xvii
CHAPTER ONE
Introduction 1
CHAPTER TWO
Abortion Law and Practice 9
CHAPTER THREE
Economic Models of Fertility and Abortion 39
CHAPTER FOUR
Methods for Evaluating the Impact of Policy Changes 65
CHAPTER FIVE
The Impact of Abortion Legalization 77
CHAPTER SIX
The Impact of Restrictions on Abortion Access 107
CHAPTER SEVEN
Abortion Policy in an International Perspective 133
CHAPTER EIGHT
Unfinished Business 158
CHAPTER NINE
Summary and Implications for Abortion Policy 186
NOTES 195
REFERENCES 201
INDEX 211

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