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Title:Adolescent motherhood and secondary schooling in Chile PDF Logo
Authors:Kruger, Diana I.
Berthelon, Matias E.
Navia, Rodrigo
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4552
Abstract:We analyze the determinants of adolescent motherhood and its subsequent effect on high school attendance and completion in Chile. Using eight rounds of household surveys, we find that adolescents who were born to teen mothers, those that live in poor households and in single-mother families, are more likely to have children, while access to full-time high schools reduces the likelihood of motherhood. We then estimate the effect of adolescent motherhood on the probability of high school attendance and completion. Using an instrumental variables approach to control for possible endogeneity between teen pregnancy and schooling, we find that being a mother reduces the probability of high school attendance and completion by 24 to 37 percent, making it the most important determinant of high school desertion, which implies that policies aimed at reducing early childbearing will have immediate, important effects on their school attainments.
Subjects:Adolescent motherhood
high school completion
high school desertion
Chile
JEL:J13
O12
O15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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