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Does a 'teen-birth' have longer-term impacts on the mother? suggestive evidence from the British Household Panel Study


  • Ermisch, John


The paper studies associations between a woman's age at becoming a mother and subsequent 'outcomes', such as her living standard, when she is aged 30-51. The data come from the British Household Panel Survey over the years 1991-2001. The analysis suggests that having a teen-birth, particularly when aged under 18, constrains a woman's opportunities in the 'marriage market' in the sense that she finds it more difficult to find and retain a partner, and she partners with more unemployment-prone and lower earning men. Teenage mothers are much less likely to be a homeowner later in life, and her living standard, as measured by equivalent household income, is about 20% lower.

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  • Ermisch, John, 2003. "Does a 'teen-birth' have longer-term impacts on the mother? suggestive evidence from the British Household Panel Study," ISER Working Paper Series 2003-32, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2003-32

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    1. Ermisch, John & Pevalin, David J., 2003. "Who has a child as a teenager?," ISER Working Paper Series 2003-30, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
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    1. Aitken, Zoe & Hewitt, Belinda & Keogh, Louise & LaMontagne, Anthony D. & Bentley, Rebecca & Kavanagh, Anne M., 2016. "Young maternal age at first birth and mental health later in life: Does the association vary by birth cohort?," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 157(C), pages 9-17.

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