Preliminary and incomplete draft—Do not cite without permission The Marginal Child throughout the Life Cycle: Evidence from Early Law Variation


We exploit over-time variation in the legal restrictions on abortion within U.S. states from 1850 to 1920 to examine the effect of child "wantedness" on the outcomes of children throughout the lifecycle. The adoption of these legal restrictions increases cohort size and is not predicted by other changes in state circumstances and are not caused by our… (More)

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