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The Effect of Schooling on Teenage Fertility: Evidence from the 1994 Education Reform in Ethiopia

Elina Pradhan () and David Canning ()

PGDA Working Papers from Program on the Global Demography of Aging

Abstract: We investigate the effect of female schooling on teenage fertility using an education reform in Ethiopia in 1994 as a natural experiment that led to a jump in female school enrollment and about 0.74 years of additional schooling for the first two exposed cohorts. Using a regression discontinuity approach we find that each additional year of schooling lowers the probability of both teenage marriage and teenage childbearing by about six percentage points. This casual estimate is consistent with the steep gradient of teenage marriage and fertility with education observed in the data. JEL Codes:

Keywords: Ethiopia; Education Policy; Fertility; Female Education; Age at Marriage; Regression Discontinuity. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-10
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