HOW DO STATE INFERTILITY INSURANCE MANDATES AFFECT DIVORCE?

Inna Cintina, Bingxiao Wu

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Abstract

The technological developments in infertility treatments have increased the success of childbearing among women with impaired fertility. Fifteen U.S. states have mandated insurance coverage of assisted reproductive technology, thus subsidizing and increasing the use of the technology. We exploit the variation of mandates across states and over time to examine the relationship between state mandates and the likelihood of divorce. Using individual-level data from the 1984–2008 Survey of Income and Program Participation, we find that women are less likely to divorce after the state adopts infertility insurance mandates. We find the effect is larger among women in their 40s, covered by private insurance, with a college degree, and without children. (JEL J12, J13, J18, I13, I18).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)560-570
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration

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