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Extended School Day and Teenage Fertility in Dominican Republic

Santiago Garganta, Maria Florencia Pinto and Joaquín Zentner
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Santiago Garganta: CEDLAS-IIE-FCE-UNLP & CONICET
Joaquín Zentner: Inter-American Development Bank

CEDLAS, Working Papers from CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Abstract: This paper investigates the potential impact of extended school days in reducing teenage fertility. We study the Jornada Escolar Extendida program, which doubled the school-day length from 4 to 8 hours in the Dominican Republic, and exploit the geographic and time variation induced by its gradual implementation. We find evidence that a higher exposure to JEE in the municipality, measured as the percentage of secondary students covered by the program, reduces the incidence of teenage pregnancies, and that the effect is stronger after the program has reached at least half of secondary students in the municipality. The estimates are robust to various specifications and alternative checks. These results suggest that extended school-day policies can have spillover effects regarding teenagers’ fertility choices.

JEL-codes: I24 I31 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 30 pages
Date: 2023-08
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