Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Jeffrey Zax

Second Advisor

Nicholas Flores

Third Advisor

Lorraine Bayard de Volo

Abstract

This research aims to understand the effect of expanding access to contraception on pregnancy behaviors and infant health outcomes. The paper studies the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, which provided no-cost Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) to low-income women and teens. Using probit models, the analysis finds an improvement in the behaviors of pregnant women when more women have had the opportunity to access contraception.

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