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The effect of spending cuts on teen pregnancy

Paton, David; Wright, Liam

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Liam Wright

Abstract

In recent years, English local authorities have been forced to make significant cuts to devolved expenditure. In this paper, we examine the impact of reductions in local expenditure on one particular public health target: reducing rates of teen pregnancy. Contrary to predictions made at the time of the cuts, panel data estimates provide no evidence that areas which reduced expenditure the most have experienced relative increases in teenage pregnancy rates. Rather, expenditure cuts are associated with small reductions in teen pregnancy rates, a result which is robust to a number of alternative specifications and tests for causality. Underlying socio-economic factors such as education outcomes and alcohol consumption are found to be significant predictors of teen pregnancy.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 31, 2017
Journal Journal of Health Economics
Print ISSN 0167-6296
Electronic ISSN 1879-1646
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.05.002
Keywords Spending cuts; Teen pregnancy; Conceptions; Abortion
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.05.002
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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