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The labour market consequences of teenage childbearing

Silles, Mary A.


Mary A. Silles


This paper provides estimates of the impact of an unanticipated child during adolescence on labour supply and earnings using data for women who gave birth between 1976 and 2015 drawn from the 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 IV models indicate that the arrival of a second-born twin had severe economic consequences for adolescent women over most of our data.


Silles, M. A. (2019). The labour market consequences of teenage childbearing. Contemporary Economic Policy, 37(4), 694-713.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 17, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 15, 2018
Publication Date 2019-10
Deposit Date Oct 17, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Print ISSN 1074-3529
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 37
Issue 4
Pages 694-713
Keywords Teenage motherhood; Fertility; Female employment; Instrumental variables
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