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Understanding Teen Mothers: A Zip Code Analysis

Kaustav Misra, Kylie Goggins, Amber Matte and Averetta E. Lewis

The American Economist, 2014, vol. 59, issue 1, 52-69

Abstract: Researchers continue to analyze the determinants and consequences of teen motherhood. Here we explore this issue using ZIP code level data – to better identify the most vulnerable areas. Our results suggest that geographic location, poverty levels, rates of divorce (and separation), part-time unemployment and employment in finance related industries positively associate with teen motherhood rates, while employment in management related fields has a negative relationship. Our findings are believed to be most useful as supplementary analysis to teen birth studies conducted at larger geographic scales, as ZIP codes introduce ambiguity across the lines of separation from one community to the next.

Keywords: teen mothers; ZIP code; poverty; spatial analysis; Michigan (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1177/056943451405900105

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