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Teen Fertility and Gender Inequality in Education


  • Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue

    (Cornell University)

  • C. Shannon Stokes

    (Pennsylvania State University)


Previous studies in developed countries have found a micro-level association between teenage fertility and girls’ educational attainment but researchers still debate the policy implications of these associations. First, are these associations causal? Second, are they substantively important enough, at the macro-level, to warrant policy attention? In other words, how much would policy efforts to reduce unintended pregnancy among teens pay off in terms of narrowing national gender gaps in educational attainment? Third, under what contexts are these payoffs likely to be important? This paper focuses on the latter two questions. We begin by proposing a contextual hypothesis to explain cross-national variation in the gender-equity payoffs from reducing unintended teen fertility. We then test this hypothesis, using DHS data from 38 countries.

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  • Parfait M. Eloundou-Enyegue & C. Shannon Stokes, 2004. "Teen Fertility and Gender Inequality in Education," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 11(11), pages 305-334, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:dem:demres:v:11:y:2004:i:11

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    1. Klepinger, D. & Lundberg, S. & Plotnick, R., 1994. "Adolescent Fertility and the Education Attainment of Young Women," Discussion Papers in Economics at the University of Washington 94-5, Department of Economics at the University of Washington.
    2. Ribar, David C, 1994. "Teenage Fertility and High School Completion," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 76(3), pages 413-424, August.
    3. David C. Ribar, 1999. "The socioeconomic consequences of young women's childbearing: Reconciling disparate evidence," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 12(4), pages 547-565.
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    1. Andrea Atencio & Darwin Cortés & Juan Gallego, 2015. "Gender differences on sexual behavior and school inputs: evidence from Bogota," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO 012437, UNIVERSIDAD DEL ROSARIO.

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    gender equity; life tables; population and development; teenage fertility;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • Z0 - Other Special Topics - - General


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