PSC Brown Bag Seminar: Analisa Packham

The PSC Brown Bag Series runs live and on Zoom this year, Mondays from noon to 1.

Speaker: Analisa Packham

Seminar Date: 4/15/24

Effects of Expanding Contraceptive Choice: New Evidence from Virginia’s Contraceptive Access Initiative

Abstract:In 2018, the Virginia Department of Health implemented the Contraceptive Access Initiative (CAI) to increase access to hormonal contraceptives and Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) for low-income women. In this paper, we use encounter-level data on contraceptive choice in participating CAI clinics and county-level natality data from 2014–2021 to estimate relative changes in childbearing before and after the CAI. When comparing counties with CAI clinics in Virginia to counties in bordering states with publicly funded clinics, difference-in-differences estimates indicate that the CAI reduced birth rates in participating counties by 1.8–3.5 percent. Despite the success of the program in reducing unintended births, we note that this magnitude is less than half of the effect size of other similar, state-level programs. We present new evidence that this smaller effect is due to the existing high LARC take-up in Virginia as well as the substitution effects from other contraceptive devices, suggesting that policy environment and demand are important determinants for effectiveness



Apr 15 2024


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Apr 15 2024
  • Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Brown Bag seminars


ISR Thompson Room 1430

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