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Teenage childbearing and cognitive development

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  • John V. Pepper


    (Department of Economics, University of Virginia, 114 Rouss Hall, P.O. Box 400182, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4182, USA)

  • Michael J. Brien


    (Arthor Andersen LLP, 1666 K Street NW, Washington, DC, 20006-2873, USA)

  • Gregory E. Loya


    (Prometheus Technologies LLC, 13607 Day Run Rd., Clear Spring, MD, 21722)

In this paper we examine how having a child as a teen affects the cognitive development of young women as measured on standardized tests. The research in this paper makes use of the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, a biennial survey that contains information on a cohort of young women from the time they were in the 8th grade in 1988 until, the latest wave, 1994. By observing two test scores before a woman has a child and one test score after, we can control for both the level and growth in test scores experienced prior to childbirth. The results indicate that although teenage mothers have lower cognitive test scores than their counterparts without children, the effects of childbearing itself are negligible.

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Article provided by Springer & European Society for Population Economics in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 15 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 391-416

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:15:y:2002:i:3:p:391-416
Note: Received: 23 August 2000/Accepted: 02 January 2001
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