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Teenage Pregnancy in Mexico: Evolution and Consequences

Arceo-Gómez, Eva Olimpia and Campos-Vázquez, Raymundo M. (2011): Teenage Pregnancy in Mexico: Evolution and Consequences.

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Abstract

We analyze the consequences of a teenage pregnancy event in the short- and long-run in Mexico. Using longitudinal and cross-section data, we match females who got pregnant and those that did not based on a propensity score. In the short-run, we find that a teenage pregnancy causes a decrease of 0.6-0.8 years of schooling, lower attendance to school, less hours of work and a higher marriage rate. In the long-run, we find a loss in years of education of 1-1.2, which implies a permanent effect on education, and that household income per capita is lower.

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