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What is the Real Impact of Schooling on Age of First Union and Age of First Parenting? New Evidence from Guatemala


Jere Behrman


University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics

Alexis Murphy


Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - Food Consumption and Nutrition Division

Agnes R. Quisumbing


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Usha Ramakrishna


Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health - Hubert Department of Public Health

Kathyrn Young


Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health - Hubert Department of Global Health

10/01/2006

World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4023

Abstract:     
The ages of first union and of first parenting are of considerable interest, not only because of their implications for individual welfare and well-being over the life cycle, but also because they are strongly associated with fertility patterns that are thought to have important implications for the broader society. But the many positive associations between schooling attainment and ages of first union and first parenting do not mean that increasing education causes increases in ages of first union and first parenting. This study contributes to the literature by investigating the impact of schooling on ages of first union and first parenting using data collected over 35 years in Guatemala. It advances beyond the previous literature by (1) treating schooling as behaviorally-determined, which changes the estimated schooling impacts considerably in a number of cases, tending to result in stronger positive effects of schooling for females and weaker ones for males; (2) including other aspects of individuals' human capital and parental family background, which in some cases changes the estimated impact of schooling attainment a fair amount; and (3) including outcomes, additional to ages of first union and first parenting, such as union partner's human capital and union partner's family's social and economic status, which enriches the understanding of the multiple effects that schooling attainment has on the processes under study.

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Keywords: Population & Development, Health Monitoring & Evaluation, Population Policies, Science Education, Scientific Research & Science Parks

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Date posted: November 21, 2006  

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Behrman, Jere and Murphy, Alexis and Quisumbing, Agnes R. and Ramakrishna, Usha and Young, Kathyrn, What is the Real Impact of Schooling on Age of First Union and Age of First Parenting? New Evidence from Guatemala (10/01/2006). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=935172

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Jere R. Behrman (Contact Author)
University of Pennsylvania - Department of Economics ( email )
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Alexis Murphy
Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) - Food Consumption and Nutrition Division ( email )
Washington, DC 20006-1002
United States
Agnes R. Quisumbing
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
United States

Usha Ramakrishna
Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health - Hubert Department of Public Health
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.sph.emory.edu/gh/service.php
Kathyrn Young
Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health - Hubert Department of Global Health
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States
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