Age of Menarche, Adolescent Sexual Intercourse and Schooling Attainment of Women

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Jian Huang

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE)

Wim Groot

Maastricht University; University of Amsterdam

John G. Sessions

University of Bath; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yinyen Tseng

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: August 2019

Abstract

We use data from the 1970 British Cohort Study to measure the effect of adolescent sexual intercourse on female schooling attainment. We emphasize the appropriate use of menarcheal age as an instrumental variable (IV) for early intercourse. Our analysis suggests that developmental trajectories vary with menarcheal age and, therefore, capturing variations in individual cognitive capacities induced by pubertal timing is crucial for the validity of the IV identification strategy. Our empirical results indicate that adolescent sexuality reduces full‐time education by approximately one year. Given that 37 percent of females in our data exited virginity in adolescence, the aggregate loss of human capital as measured by average years of female schooling could be up to one‐third of a year.

Suggested Citation

Huang, Jian and Groot, Wim and Sessions, John G. and Tseng, Yinyen, Age of Menarche, Adolescent Sexual Intercourse and Schooling Attainment of Women (August 2019). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 81, Issue 4, pp. 717-743, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3615201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/obes.12284

Jian Huang (Contact Author)

Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE) ( email )

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Wim Groot

Maastricht University ( email )

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University of Amsterdam

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John G. Sessions

University of Bath ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Yinyen Tseng

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