Nguyen, Nga (2012). Labor, education, and marital outcomes for teenage childbearing in their short-run and long-run life. 2012 Add Health Users Conference.
Teenage childbearing is commonly viewed as an important social issue as it causes negative effects on the teen mother’s life. In this paper, by using the new Wave IV restricted data of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, I investigate the causal effects of teenage childbearing on the mother’s education, labor and marital outcomes in two separate stages: Stage 1 when teen mothers are in pre-mature adulthood between 18 to 24 years old and Stage 2 when teen mothers are in mature adulthood between 24 to 32 years old. My empirical results suggest that there are negative impacts on these outcomes in the short-run but in the long-run teen mothers might overcome their early disadvantage and be compensated by delaying their childbearing so that they have some positive effects on labor outcomes. I use econometric methods to deal with issues of sample selection and missing variables. We start with methodological approaches used in previous studies and perform sensitivity analyses.
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