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Title:The ART of life: IVF or child adoption? PDF Logo
Authors:Gumus, Gulcin
Lee, Jungmin
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4761
Abstract:This paper analyzes the effects of child adoption on the utilization of assisted reproductive technology (ART) in the US. Using state-level longitudinal data for 1999-2006, we show that ART use is responsive to changes in adoption markets. Controlling for state-specific fixed effects, the estimated elasticity of ART cycles performed with respect to child adoptions is about -0.13 to -0.15. The responsiveness is higher when we consider infant adoptions, adoptions by older women, and international adoptions while there is no substitutability between ART and adoption of related children. Our findings suggest that public policies regarding adoption, including subsidies, influence ART use.
Subjects:Child adoption
infertility treatment
assisted reproductive technology (ART)
in vitro fertilization (IVF)
JEL:I11
J13
J18
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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