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Title:Still waiting for mister right? Asymmetric information, abortion laws and the timing of marriage PDF Logo
Authors:Bowmaker, Simon W.
Emerson, Patrick M.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4176
Abstract:Previous studies have suggested that more liberal abortion laws should lead to a decrease in marriage rates among young women as 'shotgun weddings' are no longer necessary. Empirical evidence from the United States lends support to that hypothesis. This paper presents an alternative theory of abortion access and marriage based on asymmetric information, which suggests that more liberal abortion laws may actually promote young marriage. An empirical examination of marriage data from Eastern Europe shows that countries that liberalized their abortion laws saw an increase in marriage rates among non-teenage women.
Subjects:Abortion
marriage asymmetric information
JEL:J12
J13
K0
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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