How Much Can Expanding Access to Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives Reduce Teen Birth Rates? Academic Article uri icon


  • We estimate the degree to which expanding access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) can reduce teen birth rates by analyzing Colorado's Family Planning Initiative, the first large-scale policy intervention to expand access to LARCs in the United States. Using a difference-in-differences approach, we find that the $23M program reduced the teen birth rate in counties with clinics receiving funding by 6.4 percent over 5 years. These effects were concentrated in the second through fifth years of the program and in counties with relatively high poverty rates. State-level synthetic control estimates offer supporting evidence but suffer from a lack of power. (JEL H75, I18, I32, J13)

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altmetric score

  • 65.38

author list (cited authors)

  • Lindo, J. M., & Packham, A.

citation count

  • 44

complete list of authors

  • Lindo, Jason M||Packham, Analisa

publication date

  • August 2017