Economists rush to understand the post-Roe world

Economists will, of course, also look at economics. Some household financial impact will happen quickly.

For example, pregnancy can force women out of work, and have an immediate effect on families. The NYT profiles a bookkeeper in Texas who was earning $35/hour, but couldn’t access an abortion in Texas. Pregnancy complications forced her out of work. She now relies on a charity program for help.

Other economic outcomes on labor force participation, earnings and career advancements will take longer to unspool, said David Slusky, an economics professor at the University of Kansas, who studied the effects of COVID clinic shutdowns on women and is now using the same methodology to look at Dobbs.