Population Research and Policy Review

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 539–549 | Cite as

Estimates of the abortion demand of young and older teenagers

  • Marshall H. Medoff


This study estimates the demand for abortion by younger (ages 15–17) and older (ages 18–19) teenagers. The empirical results show, for both age groups, abortion demand is price inelastic and a normal good with respect to income. Teenage abortion demand is also found to be positively related to labor force participation and state Medicaid funding and negatively related to religiosity and unemployment. State family planning programs, AFDC benefits, and parental involvement laws are found not to be significant determinants of teenage abortion demand.

Teenage Abortion Demand Estimates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marshall H. Medoff
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  1. 1.California State University, Long BeachLong BeachUSA

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