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Is teenage motherhood contagious? Evidence from a Natural Experiment

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  • Monstad, Karin

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    (University of Bergen)

  • Propper, Carol

    ()
    (University of Bristol)

  • Salvanes, Kjell G.

    ()
    (Dept. of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration)

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 sister’s 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 sister’s 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.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Norwegian School of Economics in its series Discussion Paper Series in Economics with number 12/2011.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 05 Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:nhheco:2011_012

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  1. Gordon B. Dahl & Katrine V. Løken & Magne Mogstad, 2012. "Peer Effects in Program Participation," NBER Working Papers 18198, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Marcén, Miriam & Bellido, Héctor, 2013. "Teen Mothers and Culture," MPRA Paper 44712, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Cygan-Rehm, Kamila & Riphahn, Regina, 2014. "Teenage pregnancies and births in Germany: Patterns and developments," IWQW Discussion Paper Series 05/2014, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Institut für Wirtschaftspolitik und Quantitative Wirtschaftsforschung (IWQW).
  4. Kamila Cygan-Rehm & Regina T. Riphahn, 2014. "Teenage Pregnancies and Births in Germany: Patterns and Developments," CESifo Working Paper Series 4836, CESifo Group Munich.
  5. Cygan-Rehm, Kamila & Riphahn, Regina T., 2014. "Teenage Pregnancies and Births in Germany: Patterns and Developments," IZA Discussion Papers 8229, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  6. Kamila Cygan-Rehm & Regina T. Riphan, 2014. "Teenage Pregnancies and Birth in Germany: Patterns and Developments," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 665, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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