The Economic Consequences of Being Denied an Abortion

Sarah Miller, Laura R. Wherry, Diana Greene Fost

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This paper evaluates the financial and economic consequences of being denied an abortion. We link credit report data to the Turnaway Study, which collected high-quality, longitudinal data on women receiving or being denied a wanted abortion in the United States. We compare financial outcomes over a ten-year period for women who had pregnancies just above and below a gestational age limit allowing for a wanted abortion. Outcomes evolved similarly for the two groups prior to the abortion encounter. Following the encounter, women who were denied an abortion experience a large increase in financial distress that remains for several years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)394-437
Number of pages44
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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