Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/67255
Authors: 
Navarro, María
Walker, Ian
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper Series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6995
Abstract: 
This paper estimates the causal effect of being born to a teenage mother on children's outcomes, exploiting compulsory schooling changes as the source of exogenous variation. We impose external estimates of the direct effect of maternal education on child outcomes within a plausible exogeneity framework to isolate the transmission from teen motherhood per se. Our findings suggest that the child's probability of post compulsory education decreases when born to a teenage mother, and that the daughters of teenage mothers are significantly more likely to become teenage mothers themselves.
Subjects: 
teenage motherhood
education
fertility
children
instrumental variables
compulsory schooling laws
JEL: 
I2
J13
J62
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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