Is Teenage Motherhood Contagious? Evidence from a Natural Experiment

24 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2011

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Karin Monstad

Uni Research AS

Carol Propper

Imperial College London Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

Kjell G. Salvanes

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Date Written: July 5, 2011

Abstract

There is relatively little research on peer effects in teenage motherhood despite the fact that peer effects, and in particular social interaction within the family, are likely to be important. We estimate the impact of an elder sister’s teenage fertility on the teenage childbearing of their younger sister. To identify the peer effect we utilize an educational reform that impacted on the elder sister’s teenage fertility. Our main result is that within families, teen births tend to be contagious and the effect is larger where siblings are close in age and for women from low resource households.

Keywords: Teenage pregnancy, spillover effects, education

JEL Classification: I21, J13, J24

Suggested Citation

Monstad, Karin and Propper, Carol and Salvanes, Kjell G., Is Teenage Motherhood Contagious? Evidence from a Natural Experiment (July 5, 2011). NHH Dept. of Economics Discussion Paper No. 12/2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1932112 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1932112

Karin Monstad

Uni Research AS ( email )

Uni Rokkan Centre
Nygårdsgaten 5
5015 Bergen
Norway

Carol Propper

Imperial College London Business School ( email )

South Kensington Campus
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London SW7 2AZ, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) ( email )

12 Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TN
United Kingdom

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Kjell G. Salvanes (Contact Author)

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) - Department of Economics ( email )

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Norway
+47 5 595 9315 (Phone)
+47 5 595 9543 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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