The Effects of Teenage Fatherhood on Young Adult Outcomes
Jason M. Fletcher
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs; Yale University - School of Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); RSSS-economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Economic Inquiry, Vol. 50, Issue 1, pp. 182-201, 2012
This paper uses national longitudinal data and several new empirical strategies to examine the consequences of teenage fatherhood. The key contribution is to compare economic outcomes of young fathers to young men whose partners experienced a miscarriage rather than a live birth. The results suggest that teenage fatherhood decreases years of schooling and the likelihood of receiving a high school diploma and increases general educational development receipt. Teenage fatherhood also appears to increase early marriage and cohabitation, and has mixed short‐term effects on several labor market outcomes.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
JEL Classification: J13, J24, J10
Date posted: January 6, 2012
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