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Decisión sobre iniciación sexual: el caso de adolescentes uruguayas

Zuleika Ferre, Mariana Gerstenblüth (), Maximo Rossi () and Patricia Triunfo ()
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Zuleika Ferre: Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República

No 409, Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) from Department of Economics - dECON

Abstract: We analyze teenage sexual initiation of Uruguayan women aged less than 24 years, by a multinomial logit model for the alternatives of not initiating, initiating without a contraceptive method and initiating with a contraceptive method. In the paper we ?nd three relevant results. First, the level of eduation has a strong impact on the probability of iniciating with a contraceptive method. Secondly, we observe that the information given through the educational system, substantially reduces the probability of initiating without methods. The information given through the health system, although it can be biased due to endogeneity problems, is exective as women that obtain it have higher probability of iniciating with the use of contraceptive methods. Finally, there is an intergenerational behavior transmittion. Those women whose mothers gave birth for the ?rst time as teenagers have less probability of not iniciating, while those with highly educated mothers is less probable that they iniciate without a contracewptive method.

Keywords: sexual initiation; adolescent sexual behavior; multinomial models (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J13 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009-04
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