Discussion Paper Series in Economics, Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
Is teenage motherhood contagious? Evidence from a Natural Experiment.
(), Carol Propper
() and Kjell G. Salvanes
Abstract: There is relatively little research on peer effects in
teenage motherhood despite the fact that peer effects, and in particular
social interaction within the family, are likely to be important. We
estimate the impact of an elder sisterís teenage fertility on the teenage
childbearing of their younger sister. To identify the peer effect we
utilize an educational reform that impacted on the elder sisterís teenage
fertility. Our main result is that within families, teen births tend to be
contagious and the effect is larger where siblings are close in age and for
women from low resource households.
Keywords: Teenage pregnancy; spillover effects; education.; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: I21; J13; J24; (follow links to similar papers)
22 pages, July 5, 2011
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