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Abramowitz, Joelle 2012. Waiting for Mr. Right or Settling for Mr. Good Enough? The Effect of Increased Access to Assisted Reproductive Technology on Women's Marriage Timing.

This paper exploits variation in the mandated insurance coverage of assisted reproductive technology (ART) across U.S. states and over time to examine the connection between increased access to ART and female marriage timing. Since ART increases the probability of pregnancy for older women of reproductive age, greater access to ART will make marriage delay lest costly for younger single women of reproductive age. To examine the effects increased access to ART on women's marriage timing, linear probability models are estimated that show the effects of ART state insurance mandates on changes in marital status of women in different age groups using the 1977-2010 samples from the Current Population Survey from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. Results show that greater access to ART is associated with marital delay for white (but not for black) women: white women in states with an ART insurance mandate are significantly less likely to marry between the 20-24, 25-29, and 30-34 age ranges, but significantly more likely to marry between the 30-34 and 35-39 age ranges. 2