Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213878
Authors: 
Adamecz-Völgyi, Anna
Scharle, Ágota
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
GLO Discussion Paper No. 474
Abstract: 
This paper examines the effects of an increase in the compulsory school leaving age on the teenage fertility of Roma women, a disadvantaged ethnic minority in Hungary. We use a regression discontinuity design identification strategy and show that the reform decreased the probability of teenage motherhood among Roma women by 13.4-26.0% and delayed motherhood by two years. We separate the incapacitation and human capital effects of education on fertility by exploiting a database that covers live births, miscarriages, abortions and still births, and contains information on the time of conception precise to the week. We find that longer schooling decreases the probability of getting pregnant during the school year but not during summer and Christmas breaks, which suggests that the estimated effects are generated mostly through the incapacitation channel.
Subjects: 
Education
Compulsory school leaving age
Teenage fertility
Disadvantaged ethnic minorities
Regression discontinuity design
JEL: 
J13
C21
I26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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