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The Long-Run Labour Market Consequences of Teenage Motherhood in Britain

Arnaud Chevalier and Tarja Viitanen

CEP Discussion Papers from Centre for Economic Performance, LSE

Abstract: Common wisdom states that teenage childbearing reduces schooling, labour market experience and adult wages. However, the decisions to be a teenage mother, to quit school, and be less attached to the labour market might all stem from some personal or family characteristics. Using the National Child Development Study (NCDS), we find that in Britain teenage childbearing decreases the probability of post-16 schooling by 12% to 24%. Employment experience is reduced by up to three years, and the adult pay differential ranges from 5% to 22%. The negative impact of teen motherhood on various adult outcomes is not due to some pre-motherhood characteristics; hence policies aiming to encourage return to school and participation in the labour market may be an efficient way to reduce the long-term consequences of teenage pregnancy.

Keywords: Teenage pregnancy; schooling decisions; wages (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J13 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2002-01
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