Do family planning programs decrease poverty? Evidence from public census data

Martha J. Bailey, Olga Malkova, Johannes Norling

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Abstract

This article provides new evidence that family planning programs are associated with a decrease in the share of children and adults living in poverty. Our research design exploits the county roll-out of US family planning programs in the late 1960s and early 1970s and examines their relationship with poverty rates in the short and longer-term in public census data. We find that cohorts born after federal family planning programs began were less likely to live in poverty in childhood and that these same cohorts were less likely to live in poverty as adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)312-337
Number of pages26
JournalCESifo Economic Studies
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Economics and Econometrics

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