Jan 8, 2013

Teenage pregnancy (Latin America)

In the short-run, we find that a teenage pregnancy causes a decrease of 0.6-0.8 years of schooling, lower attendance to school, less hours of work and a higher marriage rate. At the household level, we do not find any effect in parental hours of work or income per capita. In the long-run, we find a loss in years of education of 1-1.2 and a higher probability of being married, but also higher probability of being separated or divorced. We also find that household income per capita is lower at least in the long-run.
The text and the graph are from a working paper by Arceo-Gomez & Campos-Vázquez (June 2012).

Note that the countries with the highest teenage pregnancy (females 15-19) are Nicaragua and Guatemala. 

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