The Socioeconomic Consequences of Teen Childbearing Reconsidered
Teen childbearing is commonly believed to cause long-term socioeconomic disadvantages for mothers and their children. However, earlier cross-sectional studies may have inadequately accounted for marked differences in family background among women who have first births at different ages. The authors present new estimates that take into account unmeasured family background heterogeneity by comparing sisters who timed their first births at different ages. In two of the three data sets they examine, sister comparisons suggest that biases from family background heterogeneity are important and, therefore, that earlier studies may have overstated the consequences of teen childbearing. Copyright 1992, the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Volume (Year): 107 (1992)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
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