Contraception and the Gender Wage Gap

(Photo: Amber McNamara) The male-female wage gap narrowed considerably during the 1980s and 1990s, thanks to increased educational attainment among women and an influx of women into high-earning fields....

Contraception as a Prisoner's Dilemma

A reader named Dennis Schenkel in Martin, Tenn., writes in with an interesting commentary about an article that intersects with a lot of things we’ve written about: First, I know...

How Much Do We Really Care About Children? (Ep. 447)

...kids. And access to really effective contraception has been improving. So, the combination of those two trends, those are my best guesses as to why we’ve seen fertility declining in...

What Do Hockey Visors and Birth Control Hormone Shots Have in Common?

...in The Lancet, which showed that women using hormonal contraception—primarily the injection more commonly known in the U.S. by its brand name, Depo-Provera—were twice as likely to acquire HIV from...

Why Do People Keep Having Children? (Ep. 186 Rebroadcast)

...result of poor access to contraception. DUBNER: Right, it could be that the tsunami wiped out all access to contraception. But then on the other hand, there’s available mates, too,...

The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage (Ep. 294)

...Social conservatives tend to point to the breakdown of old-school social norms. Social liberals cite less access to contraception — although that has improved a lot; and, especially, the lack...

How to Train Your Dragon Child (Ep. 325)

...are having five, six, or seven children and they’re not using contraception, then the importance of timing a birth in or out of a zodiac year might be less relevant...

How is Abstinence-Only Sex Education Like South Africa’s Driving Exam?

...Federal Government has spent upwards of $1 billion over the last decade on abstinence-only sex education. (Call it defensive dating.) The idea is that not teaching students about contraception, safe...

How to Think About Sex? A Freakonomics Quorum

Photo: Mai Le When it comes to sex, some things change (internet pornography and contraception) while others stay the same (political scandals and teen pregnancy). The externalities of sex, positive...