Date: 2013-01-30
Time: 13.30
Place: CHESS library, Sveaplan, 5th floor

Dr Ragan explores how historical differences in out-of-wedlock childbearing predict demand for oral contraception (the Pill) in Sweden. The strong influence of historical factors on take-up of the Pill is used to identify the causal effect of the Pill on teenage childbearing. In a related analysis, Dr Ragan further investigates how differences in the provision of the birth control pill influenced women’s labor supply decisions in Sweden.

Kelly S. Ragan is an Assistant Professor affiliated to the Department of Economics, the Stockholm School of Economics. Dr Ragan obtained her PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2006. Her other research projects focus on welfare effects of fiscal policies and labor supply decisions of spouses.

The seminar will take place at CHESS, 5th floor, Sveaplan, on Wednesday 30 January at 1.30 pm.