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The impact of legalized abortion on child health outcomes and abandonment: Evidence from Romania
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2011 (English)In: Journal of Health Economics, ISSN 0167-6296, Vol. 30, no 6, 1219-1231 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We use household survey data and a unique census of institutionalized children to analyze the impact of abortion legalization in Romania. We exploit the lift of the abortion ban in December 1989, when communist dictator Ceausescu and his regime were removed from power, to understand its impact on children's health at birth and during early childhood and whether the lift of the ban had an immediate impact on child abandonment. We find insignificant estimates for health at birth outcomes and anthropometric z-scores at age 4 and 5, except for the probability of low birth weight which is slightly higher for children born after abortion became legal. Additionally, our findings suggest that the lift of the ban had decreased the number of abandoned children.

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2011. Vol. 30, no 6, 1219-1231 p.
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Abortion, Health, Anthropometric outcomes, Child abandonment, Romania
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-167926DOI: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2011.08.004ISI: 000298463400008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-167926DiVA: diva2:489090
Available from: 2012-02-02 Created: 2012-02-02 Last updated: 2012-02-02Bibliographically approved

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