Empirical essays on public health and family policies /

dc.contributor.author Allen, Brandeanna en_US
dc.contributor.department Economics & Finance en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2014-06-20T15:52:42Z
dc.date.available 2014-06-20T15:52:42Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_US
dc.description Adviser: Charles Baum. en_US
dc.description.abstract This dissertation consists of three chapters on the effects of public health and family policies. The first chapter, "The Impact of Mandatory Delay Laws on Fertility Outcomes," examines the effect of waiting periods and associated counseling requirements for abortions on abortion, birth, and pregnancy rates. I find the laws reduce abortion rates, increases birth rates, and have no effect on pregnancies. Further, the effect of the laws varies by the counseling requirements mandated by the state. The second chapter, "The Effects of Mandatory Delay Laws on Women and Children," analyzes secondary consequences of the laws on women and children. I find the laws increase adoption rates, but they have no effect on child maltreatment. The laws are shown to decrease the number of mentally unhealthy days per state, but they have no effect on female suicides. The third chapter (co-authored with John Nunley and Alan Seals), "The Effects of Joint-Child-Custody Legislation on the Child-Support Receipt of Single Mothers," focuses on whether joint custody affects single mother's child support receipt. Our results show joint custody raises the probability that single mothers receive child support. Further, divorced, single mothers who do not receive welfare benefit the most from joint custody. en_US
dc.description.degree Ph.D. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://jewlscholar.mtsu.edu/handle/mtsu/3713
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Abortion Law and legislation United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Joint custody of children United States en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Economics, General en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Health Sciences, Public Health en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sociology, Public and Social Welfare en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Law en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Doctoral en_US
dc.title Empirical essays on public health and family policies / en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
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