Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/185350
Authors: 
Clarke, Damian
Mühlrad, Hanna
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11890
Abstract: 
We examine the impact of progressive and regressive abortion legislation on women's health and survival in Mexico. Following a 2007 reform in the Federal District of Mexico which decriminalised and subsidised early-term elective abortion, multiple other Mexican states increased sanctions on illegal abortion. We observe that the original progressive policy resulted in a sharp decline in maternal morbidity, particularly maternal morbidity due to haemorrhage early in pregnancy. We observe small or null impacts on women's health from increasing sanctions on illegal abortion. We find some evidence to suggest that these impacts were also observed when considering maternal mortality, though effects are less precisely estimated.
Subjects: 
abortion
maternal morbidity
maternal mortality
political economy
legislative reform
JEL: 
I18
J13
K38
H75
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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