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Kelly Lifchez and Beatriz Maldonado
''Health consequences of the Mexico City policy''
( 2022, Vol. 42 No.3 )
We study the impacts that the reversal of the Bush Administration's Mexico City Policy has on health outcomes. While work has been done analyzing the impact of the policy on abortions, few studies have looked at other health outcomes. We use country-level data over the period 2001 – 2016 and a difference in difference framework to study changes in mortality and other health indicators. We find that countries with high exposure to the policy had significant improvements in infant, neo-natal, and under five mortality, lower fertility rates, and improvements in birthweights once the policy was rescinded starting in 2009. As this policy gets re-implemented (and expanded) under Republic Administrations, it is important to understand both the direct and indirect impacts of the policy on countries which rely on U.S. global health aid.
Keywords: foreign aid, family planning, health, global gag rule
JEL: O1 - Economic Development: General
F3 - International Finance: General
Manuscript Received : Jul 05 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Sep 30 2022

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