Andrea M. Kelly
Department of Economics
College Station, Texa 77843
Institutional Affiliation: Texas A&M University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|March 2019||The Power of the IUD: Effects of Expanding Access to Contraception Through Title X Clinics|
with Jason M. Lindo, Analisa Packham: w25656
We estimate the effect of Colorado's Family Planning Initiative, the largest program to have focused on long-acting-reversible contraceptives in the United States, which provided funds to Title X clinics so that they could make these contraceptives available to low-income women. We find substantial effects on birth rates, concentrated among women in zip codes within 7 miles of clinics: the initiative reduced births by approximately 20 percent for 15-17 year olds and 18-19 year olds living in such zip codes. We also examine how extensive media coverage of the initiative in 2014 and 2015 altered its reach. After information spread about the availability and benefits of LARCs, we find a substantial increase in LARC insertions, extended effects on births among 15-17 year olds living greater th...