ERIC Number: EJ726154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
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Estimating Long-Term Consequences of Teenage Childbearing
Journal of Human Resources, v40 n3 p716-743 Sum 2005
Within-family estimates have been considered a remedy to selection bias in estimates of long-run consequences of teen motherhood. A major critique, however, is that heterogeneity within the family might still bias the estimates. Using Swedish data on biological sisters, I revisit the question of the consequences of teenage motherhood. My contribution lies in controlling for heterogeneity within the family by using premotherhood school performance, a characteristic that differs across sisters. My findings confirm the presumption that within-family heterogeneity can result in biased sibling estimates. Moreover, my results show that when controlling for school performance, the siblings approach and a traditional cross-section yield similar coefficients.
Descriptors: Early Parenthood, Adolescents, Mothers, Siblings, Foreign Countries, Academic Achievement, Individual Differences, Females, Family Influence, Evaluation Methods, Test Bias
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden