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The Effects of Teenage Fatherhood on Young Adult Outcomes

45 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2010  

Jason M. Fletcher

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs; Yale University - School of Public Health

Barbara Wolfe

University of Wisconsin-Madison; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); RSSS-economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: February 7, 2010

Abstract

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 GED receipt. Teenage fatherhood also appears to increase early marriage and cohabitation, and has mixed short-term effects on several labor market outcomes.

Keywords: Teenage Fatherhood

JEL Classification: I12, J13, J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Fletcher, Jason M. and Wolfe, Barbara, The Effects of Teenage Fatherhood on Young Adult Outcomes (February 7, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1622084 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1622084

Jason M. Fletcher (Contact Author)

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Barbara L. Wolfe

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