Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health

Reproductive health outcomes and access to health services are inextricably linked to economic indicators. Yet, the economic impacts of reproductive health are often poorly reflected in public discourse, policies, and programs. The Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health (CERH) was founded to address this disconnect.

Researchers at CERH conduct research and outreach to increase public awareness regarding the intersection of economics and reproductive health. CERH’s location within the Institute for Women’s Policy Research ensures access to an interdisciplinary team of experts who provide insights on the intersection of reproductive health with other social policy issues, including employment and public benefits, postsecondary education, workforce development, and community economic development.

The current work of CERH falls under three primary research activities:

  1. Synthesis of existing scholarly research on the economic impacts of contraception and abortion
  2. Enhancement of the evidence base through new scholarly research on the economic impacts of access to abortion
  3. Policy analysis of integrating reproductive health services with current policy and programmatic agendas

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