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Adolescent Fertility in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Effects and Solutions

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  • Kate McQueston
  • Rachel Silverman
  • Amanda Glassman
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    Adolescent fertility in low- and middle-income countries presents a severe impediment to development and can lead to school dropout, lost productivity, and the intergenerational transmission of poverty. However, there is debate about whether adolescent pregnancy is a problem in and of itself or merely symptomatic of deeper, ingrained disadvantage. To inform policy choices and create a revised research agenda for population and development, this paper aggregates recent quantitative evidence on the socioeconomic consequences of and methods to reduce of teenage pregnancy in the developing world. The review finds variable results for all indicator types with the partial exception of knowledge-based indicators, which increased in response to almost all evaluating interventions, though it is not clear that such interventions necessarily lead to short- or long term-behavior change. [CGD Working paper no. 295]. URL:[http://www.cgdev.org/files/1426175_file_McQueston_Silverman_Glassman_AdolescentFertility_FINAL.pdf].

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    Date of creation: May 2012
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    Keywords: Low and Middle-Income Countries; Adolescent; Youth; Young Adult; Fertility; Child-Bearing; Education; Schooling; Human Capital; Productivity; Family Planning; Scholarship Program; Cash Transfer; School based intervention; Evidence based practice; educational opportunities; girls; schools; reproductive health; India; Pakistan; african countries;

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    1. Ruth Levine & Miriam Temin, 2009. "Start With a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health," Working Papers id:2290, eSocialSciences.
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    1. Aynur Pala, 2014. "Does Higher Education Reduce Poverty among Youths in Nigeria?," Asian Economic and Financial Review, Asian Economic and Social Society, vol. 4(1), pages 1-19, January.

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