Comprehensive Child Marriage Research Library

The Effects of Teenage Childbearing on Long-Term Health in the US: A Twin-Fixed-Effects Approach

Author(s):

Object Type:

Günes, Pinar Mine

Feature

Year & Month/Season:

2016

1

December

Publication/Publisher:

Review of Economics of the Household

Peer Reviewed

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PDF Available?

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ISSN (If Available)

1569-5239

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ISBN (If Book):

Page Start

891

Page End

920

Volume

14

Issue

4

DOI

10.1007/s11150-016-9326-0

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Article Abstract (If Available):

This paper explores the effect of teenage childbearing on long-term health outcomes and behaviors of mothers using the Midlife Development in the US dataset. Within-family estimations, using samples of siblings, and twin pairs, are employed to overcome the bias generated by unobserved family background and genetic traits. The results suggest no significant effects on health outcomes, and modest effects on health behaviors, including exercise and preventive care. However, accounting for life-cycle effects demonstrates that teenage childbearing has significant effects on both health outcomes and behaviors early in life, but very few significant effects later in life. Moreover, teenage childbearing has a particularly acute effect among minorities. Finally, this paper provides evidence that the effects operate through reduced income and labor force participation, and matching with a lower "quality" spouse.

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