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Teen fertility and siblings’ outcomes: Evidence of family spillovers using matched samples

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Heissel, Jennifer A.
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2019
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2019
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Naval Postgraduate School
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en_US
Abstract
U.S. teen birth rates remain high relative to other industrialized countries. Despite extensive literature on teen mothers and their children, almost no research examines the effects of teen fertility on the rest of the mother's family. I address this gap, finding that teen birth negatively affects mothers’ younger siblings. Using several matched control methods, I find that sisters of new teenage mothers experience a 3.8 percentage-point decrease in test scores, a 7.6 percentage-point increase in grade repetition, and a 9.3 percentage-point increase high school dropout, while brothers experience a 9.2 percentage-point increase in juvenile justice system exposure.
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The article of record as published may be found at https://doi.org/10.3368/jhr.56.1.0218-9341R2
The Online Appendix includes Stata code for replication purposes. The Online Appendix can be found at http://jhr.uwpress.org/.
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Business & Public Policy (GSBPP)
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Naval Postgraduate School (U.S.)
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42 p.
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Heissel, Jennifer A. "Teen fertility and siblings’ outcomes: Evidence of family spillovers using matched samples." Journal of Human Resources (2019).
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This publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.
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