Gorry, Devon (2018). Education and labor market consequences of teenage childbearing: Heterogeneous effects across socioeconomic status and race. IZA World Labor Conference.
This paper extends research on the impacts of teen childbearing by analyzing heterogeneous effects of child bearing across socioeconomic status and race. Results show substantial heterogeneity in the impact of teen childbearing on education and labor market outcomes. In particular, teen childbearing leads to less educational attainment, lower income, and greater use of welfare for individuals who come from areas with better socioeconomic conditions. On the other hand, teen childbearing does not have signicant negative effects for individuals who come from areas with worse socioeconomic conditions. Across race, teen childbearing leads to the greatest negative consequences for white teens, few effects for black teens, and some positive effects for Hispanic and Latino teens. These results suggest that teen childbearing does not drive poor educational and labor market outcomes for the groups who have the highest rates of teen childbearing. In fact, it may encourage some young women to get more education and achieve better labor market outcomes.
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