The Effects of Teenage Fatherhood on Young Adult Outcomes
45 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2010
Date Written: February 7, 2010
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
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