Published: May 19, 2021

Associate Professor and Chair of Health and Behavioral Science Sara Yeatman recently co-published, “The impact of contraceptive access on high school graduation” in Science Advances, the Magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The research team used a natural experiment afforded by a 2009 Colorado policy change to assess the impact of expanded access to contraception on women’s high school graduation. Linking survey and Census data, the team followed a population-representative U.S. sample, including large subsamples of young women living in Colorado in 2010 and in comparison states. Using a difference-in-differences design, findings indicate that improving access to contraception increases young women’s human capital formation.