Deciding whether and when to have a child is central to a woman’s economic well-being. It has implications for continuing education and joining the workforce, which can affect other long-term economic outcomes. Often missing from the discussion of women’s economic security, though, is the role of access to abortion. Abortion is a common and vital…
Anna Bernstein is a Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, with the Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health. Anna works on projects related to abortion, contraception, and access to reproductive health services, examining how those topics intersect with economic issues.
Anna brings to the Center a background in public health, with a focus on reproductive health. Prior to joining IWPR, Anna worked at the research group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH) at UCSF, as part of a team studying the effects of domestic abortion restrictions. She also previously held positions with Planned Parenthood Global and the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health section of the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
Anna received her Master of Public Health degree, concentrating on Maternal and Child Health, from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.
Highlights A large body of research has examined the effects of abortion access on fertility and health outcomes. A number of studies have also established associations between abortion access and economic outcomes. This paper summarizes a smaller body of literature that identifies the causal impacts of abortion access on economic outcomes, indicating how women’s economic…