The Impact of Extended Reproductive Time Horizons: Evidence from Israel's Expansion of IVF

Abstract: 
The female reproductive system declines sharply before other aging-related health issues become prevalent; however, there has been little study to date on the economic impact of this male-female aging asymmetry. This project examines fecundity as “reproductive capital,” a depreciating asset that influences one’s financial well-being, and studies what happens when women lose this asset, and the impact of policies that slow its rate of depreciation. In particular, this project will examine the impact of a policy in Israel to make in vitro fertilization free on women’s educational investments, career outcomes, and marriage patterns.
Funded By: 
NICHD
Funded By: 
Boettner
Award Dates: 
July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016
PARC Grant Year: 
Year 22