The Impact of Adolescent Motherhood on Education in Chile
Matias Berthelon and
Diana Kruger ()
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Diana Kruger: Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
No 8072, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
We analyze the effect of having a child in adolescence on high school completion, educational attainment, and college enrollment in a developing country setting using nine repeated rounds of Chilean household surveys that span the 1990â€“2009 period. We control for selection bias and household unobservables of teen motherhood with two approaches: different estimation methods â€“ propensity score matching and family fixed effects for a large sub-sample of sisters â€“ and three different samples. Results reveal that adolescent motherhood reduces the probability of high school completion by between 18 to 37 percent. Furthermore, effects are heterogeneous across education groups: teen motherhood has larger negative effects on high school completion and years of schooling among poor and low-education households. Our results imply that policies aimed at reducing early childbearing will have important short-term effects on young women's education outcomes.
Keywords: adolescent motherhood; teen pregnancy; education; youth; high school; Chile (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O15 J13 I25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 41 pages
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