Did the US Infertility Health Insurance Mandates Affect the Timing of First Birth?

A. Ohinata

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Abstract

From 1977-2001, 15 US states mandated health insurance providers to offer coverage for infertility treatment. Although the majority of the past literature has studied impacts on older women who are likely to seek treatment, this paper proposes that the mandates may have had a wider impact on the US population. Specifically, it may have given an option for younger women to delay birth since these policies reduced the opportunity cost of having a child in the future. Results suggest a significant delay of 1-2 years in the time of first birth among highly educated white women.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconomics
Volume2011-102
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2011-102

Keywords

  • Infertility
  • Insurance mandates
  • Fertility
  • Timing of birth

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