Research Associate

Areas of Expertise: Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health, Reproductive Health & Rights

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.


The Economic Effects of Contraceptive Access: A Review of the Evidence (Fact Sheet)

A recent IWPR report examines the relationship between contraceptive access in the United States and a number of economic outcomes, based on a body of research that identifies causal impacts—rather than associations—of contraceptive access.[1] Unlike associations, causal relationships isolate the impact of contraceptive access itself, and eliminate factors that might be associated with both economic…

The Economic Effects of Contraceptive Access: A Review of the Evidence

Highlights Research reviewed in this report explored the ways that access to contraception affected women’s economic outcomes in the following ways:   Educational Attainment   ■  Young women’s access to the pill improved higher education rates. Women gained access to the pill both through laws that legalized access to contraception for younger, unmarried women, and…

The Economic Effects of Abortion Access: A Review of the Evidence (Fact Sheet)

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.[1] Often missing from the discussion of women’s economic security, though, is the role of access to abortion. Abortion is a common and vital…

The Economic Effects of Abortion Access: A Review of the Evidence

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…