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Project Citation: 

Elías, Julio J., Lacetera, Nicola, Macis, Mario, and Salardi, Paola. Replication data for: Economic Development and the Regulation of Morally Contentious Activities. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2017. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-12.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary The regulation of many activities depends on whether societies consider them morally controversial or "repugnant." Not only have regulation and related ethical concerns changed over time, but there is also heterogeneity across countries at a given time. We provide evidence of this heterogeneity for three morally contentious activities, abortion, prostitution, and gestational surrogacy, and explore the relationship between a country's economic conditions and how these activities are regulated. We propose a conceptual framework to identify mechanisms that can explain our findings (including the role of non-economic factors), and indicate directions for future research.

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      D02 Institutions: Design, Formation, Operations, and Impact
      I10 Health: General
      J13 Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
      K42 Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
      O17 Formal and Informal Sectors; Shadow Economy; Institutional Arrangements
      Z13 Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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