Comprehensive Child Marriage Research Library

The Consequences of Teenage Childbearing before Roe v. Wade

Author(s):

Object Type:

Lang, Kevin; Weinstein, Russell

Feature

Year & Month/Season:

2015

October

Publication/Publisher:

American Economic Journal. Applied Economics

Peer Reviewed

false

PDF Available?

false

Public Link:

ISSN (If Available)

1945-7782

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ISBN (If Book):

Page Start

169

Page End

197

Volume

7

Issue

N/A

DOI

10.1257/app.20130482

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Article Abstract (If Available):

Using five cycles of the National Survey of Family Growth, we estimate the effect of teen motherhood on education, labor market, and marriage outcomes for teens conceiving from 1940 through 1968. Effects vary by marital status at conception, socioeconomic background, and year. Effects on teens married at conception were limited. However, teen mothers conceiving premaritally obtained less education and had a weaker marriage market. Teen mothers of the 1940s-1950s, affected by subsequent economic and social changes, were disadvantaged in the labor market of the 1970s. In the 1960s, teens for whom motherhood would be costly increasingly avoided pregnancy. (JEL I21, J13, J16, J23, J24, N32 )

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