Word Cloud, Reproductive Health Policies

A conference sponsored by the Montana State University Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis

Hosted by the Initiative's Research Fellow, Isaac Swensen, and Visiting Scholar, Jason Lindo, of Texas A&M University
June 25, 2018 | Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
Linfield Hall, Room 231 | 2-5 p.m. 



This workshop will bring together a small group of stakeholders including health economists, policymakers and individuals well-positioned to influence reproductive health policy in Montana. The workshop will provide a forum for researchers to present up-to-date research on these important issues and for those on the front lines dealing with reproductive health issues to share insights that can inform future research and evaluations.

The goal of this workshop is to gain an understanding of the influence of policy on reproductive health; discuss best practices in policy evaluation; and to highlight the contributions that economics research can bring to discussions surrounding reproductive health policy.


Featured presentations:

  • "The Importance of Causal Research and Evaluating Policies" Kasey Buckles, University of Notre Dame
  • "Contraception and Abortion Policy" Jason Lindo, Texas A&M University
  • "Other Determinants of Teen Childbearing" Melanie Guldi, University of Central Florida
  • "Sexual Assault Prevention" Isaac Swensen, Montana State University


Speaker Bios:

Kasey Buckles is the Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. Buckles is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, is a concurrent faculty member in Gender Studies, and is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her recent paper on the effects of school condom distribution programs on teen fertility is in the current issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Other work has examined the determinants of fertility timing, and the effects of health policy and medical practice on women and children. Buckles' research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, and has been covered by the Washington Post, NPR, the Financial Times, and the BBC.

Jason Lindo is a Professor of Economics at Texas A&M University, a visiting scholar with MSU's Initiative for Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Co-editor at the journal Economic Inquiry. His recent and ongoing work is focused on documenting the effects of changes in access to reproductive healthcare. This work includes an evaluation of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, which has served as a model for other states, and an evaluation of the abortion clinic closures precipitated by Texas HB-2, which were at the center of the US Supreme Court case, Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, and Newsweek.

Melanie Guldi is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida. Her research focuses on economic demography and health. Her recent work examines: the influence of increased access to broadband Internet on teen fertility decisions; the effect of Title IX of the 1972 Educational Amendments to the Civil Rights Act on the educational outcomes of teen mothers; the effect of legal access to abortion and the birth control pill on young women’s fertility during the 1960s and 1970s; and the influence of 1980s Medicaid expansions on early child and maternal health. Her work has been covered by CNN, Business Insider, The Guardian, and Global News.

Isaac Swensen is an Assistant Professor of Economics in MSU’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics and a Research Fellow for the MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis. His research covers a wide range of topics related to crime, health and education, and is tied together by his interest in understanding outcomes linked to risky behaviors and criminal activity. His work has evaluated the effects of expanding substance-abuse treatment services on community crime and health outcomes. Dr. Swensen’s recent research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of risky behaviors in higher educational settings, with a particular focus on sexual assault on college campuses, and has been featured in most major media outlets.

Wendy Stock is a Professor of Economics in MSU’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics and Co-Director of the MSU Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis. Her most recent area of research focuses on the impact of policy and regulation on the health, education, and labor market outcomes of disabled populations and those with mental disorders. She serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Education and her work has been funded by the NIH, the Ford Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation, and the Charles Koch Foundation. 


For more information: Isaac Swensen [email protected] and Jason Lindo [email protected]
Registration/attendance: Tamara Moe, Business Manager, [email protected]