We conduct a comprehensive analysis of the effect of parental involvement (PI) laws on the incidence of abortions and births to minors (teens ages 15 to 17). We show that PI laws decreased abortions and increased births. We also examine the effect of PI laws on adult socioeconomic outcomes. We find that PI laws, which caused an increase in teen births, are associated with lower education and earnings.
Robert Kaestner is a Research Professor at the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy. Dr. Kaestner is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Affiliated Scholar of the Urban Institute and a Senior Fellow of the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy of USC. His areas of research interest are the economic and social determinants of health, health demography, and health, labor and social policy evaluation. He has published over 125 articles in academic journals. Recent studies have been awarded Article of the Year by AcademyHealth in 2011 and the 2012 Frank R. Breul Memorial Prize for the best publication in Social Services Review. Dr. Kaestner has also been the Principal Investigator on several NIH grants focused on Medicare and Medicaid policy.