The Labor Market Consequences of Teenage Childbearing

Mary Silles

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This paper provides estimates of the impact of an unanticipated child during adolescence on labor supply and earnings using data for women who gave birth between 1976 and 2015 drawn from 1990 and 2000 censuses and the American Community Surveys. Twins at first birth are used as an instrument to avoid the problems of fertility endogeneity. Estimates from our instrumental variable models indicate that the arrival of a second‐born twin had severe economic consequences for adolescent women over most of our data. (JEL J13, J31, J16)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)694-713
Number of pages20
JournalContemporary Economic Policy
Issue number4
Early online date15 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes


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