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Early motherhood in Romania: associated factors and consequences (English version)


  • Mihaela HARAGUS

    () (PhD., Scientific researcher III, Centre for Population Studies, Babe[-Bolyai University ClujNapoca, 68 Avram Iancu St., 3rd floor, 400083 Cluj-Napoca, Romania)


The aim of this article is to investigate the early childbearing in Romania in a life course perspective, studying to what extent the context and childhood experiences influence the timing of the childbearing behavior. We also analyze whether having a birth before age 20 is associated with particular disadvantages in subsequent adult life. We conduct our investigation on data from Generations and Gender Survey for Romania (2005), which contains retrospective information on 6001 women’s partnership and fertility histories, as well as the context of their childhood. Our results indicate that women who grew up in more disadvantaged family environments show higher risks of early childbearing, and the educational enrollment and attainment have a marked influence on early childbearing risk. We also found that having had an early birth previous in life is associated with several adverse socioeconomic and family life outcomes in adult life.

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  • Mihaela HARAGUS, 2011. "Early motherhood in Romania: associated factors and consequences (English version)," Revista de cercetare si interventie sociala, Editura Lumen, Department of Economics, vol. 32, pages 63-85, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:lum:rev2rl:v:32:y:2012:i::p:63-85

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    early motherhood; childhood experiences; event history analysis; adult outcomes; nonmarital births; Romania;

    JEL classification:

    • A23 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Graduate
    • I29 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Other


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