New evidence on the effects of travel distance to abortion providers


Mencoff Hall 205

Caitilin Knowles Myers, Professor of Economics at Middlebury College

Professor Myers will discuss work in progress in which she compiles new national panel data on abortion provider locations to estimate the causal effects of travel distances to abortion providers on abortion and birth rates. In addition to sharing this new research, she also will use the results to envision the landscape of abortion access in the United States if Roe is overturned and forecast the potential effects on women seeking abortions.

Caitlin Myers is the John G. McCullough Professor of Economics at Middlebury College as well as the co-director of the Middlebury Initiative for Data and Digital Methods. Her research examines issues related to gender, race, and the economy, with particular focus on the causal effects of reproductive policies.  Her work been published in journals including the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Labor EconomicsJournal of Human Resources, and Journal of Public Economics. It also has been featured by media outlets such as The New York TimesThe New YorkerWashington Post, Nature, and Scientific American. Professor Myers recently spearheaded the economists’ amicus brief to the Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, and co-authored a Brookings report on the economics of abortion.

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