From the Ath's November 18 talk:
In [Professor Martha Bailey] paper, “More Power to the Pill: The Impact of Contraceptive Freedom on Women’s Life Cycle Labor Supply” (2006), Bailey demonstrates that legal access to the pill before age 21 significantly decreased the likelihood of a first birth before age 22, increased the amount of women in the paid labor force, and raised the number of annual hours worked. [Emphasis added]The first is likely a good thing. The second and third are problematic. As a society, do we want women to work more? I think we probably do, but it's a serious question. Many mothers (or fathers) work because they have to, not because they want to.
What is the "paid workforce", anyways? As opposed to what? The "unpaid workforce"?