Brown Bag Seminar | COVID-19 Surgical Abortion Restriction Did Not Reduce Visits to Abortion Clinics with David Slusky
David Slusky is De-Min and Chin-Sha Wu Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Kansas, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Fellow at IZA - Institute for Labor Economics in Bonn, Germany.
David is an applied microeconomist. His research focuses on health economics, labor economics, and public policy.
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David will present "COVID-19 Surgical Abortion Restriction Did Not Reduce Visits to Abortion Clinics" (joint with Martin Andersen and Sylvia Bryan).
Due to COVID-19, 33 states banned elective medical procedures, and 13 of these states included surgical abortions. We collected street addresses of abortion clinics and linked them to SafeGraph’s data on visitor counts. We found at least a 16 percent decrease in clinic visits in February-May 2020 versus 2019. States that banned elective procedures or imposed other measures (i.e., stay-at-home orders) saw a substantial additional decrease. However, there was no significant additional decrease from explicit surgical abortions bans. We estimate that the decrease in foot traffic over these four months reduced abortions by 6 percent in 2020 relative to 2019.
This seminar is IRL at Stockholm School of Economics, Sveavägen 65, room 342.
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