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Teenage Pregnancy in Mexico: Evolution and Consequences

Eva Arceo-Gomez () and Raymundo Campos-Vazquez

Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, 2014, vol. 51, issue 1, 109-146

Abstract: We analyze the consequences of a teenage pregnancy event in the short and long run in Mexico. Using longitudinal and cross-section data, we match females who became pregnant and those who did not based on a propensity score. In the short run, we find that a teenage pregnancy causes a decrease of 0.6-0.8 years of schooling, lower school attendance, fewer hours of work and a higher marriage rate. In the long run, we find that a teenage pregnancy results in a 1-1.2-year loss in years of education, which implies a permanent ef fect on education, and lower household income per capita.

Keywords: Teenage pregnancy; schooling; labor outcomes; propensity score; matching (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I00 J10 J11 O54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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