Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146456
Authors: 
Novella, Rafael
Ripani, Laura
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-660
Abstract: 
Teenage pregnancy in the Dominican Republic represents a persistent development challenge. This paper uses data from a randomized impact evaluation of the youth training program Juventud y Empleo, which includes soft-skills training, to examine its impact on teenage pregnancy. We find that the program reduces the probability of teenage pregnancy by 8 percentage points (about 20 percent), particularly among teenagers who are not already mothers. The program seems to affect teenage pregnancy through improvements in soft skills and expectations, among others channels. In addition, we find that the program plays a protective role for teenagers from more deprived backgrounds.
Subjects: 
teenage pregnancy
youth training programs
soft skills
Dominican Republic
JEL: 
J24
J13
O15
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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