Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/161286
Authors: 
Blunch, Niels-Hugo
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10663
Abstract: 
I examine teenage pregnancy in Ghana, focusing on the role and interplay of Ghanaian and English reading skills, formal educational attainment, and adult literacy program participation. Pursuing several alternative identification strategies three main results are established. First, I confirm the finding from previous studies that educational attainment is negatively related to teenage pregnancy. Second, however, once Ghanaian and English reading skills are introduced, the association between educational attainment and teenage pregnancy decreases or disappears altogether. Third, for the girls who have not completed primary school, adult literacy program participation is associated with a much lower probability of experiencing a teenage pregnancy.
Subjects: 
teenage pregnancy
human capital
literacy
adult literacy programs
Ghana
JEL: 
I21
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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