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Peer Review Status: Unrefereed
Title: Compulsory Education and Teenage Motherhood
Authors: Wilson, Tanya
Contact Email: tanya.wilson@stir.ac.uk
Citation: Wilson T (2017) Compulsory Education and Teenage Motherhood. Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2017-01.
Keywords: Compulsory Schooling
Fertility
Regression Discontinuity Design
Teenage Motherhood
JEL Code(s): I21
J13
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2017
Series/Report no.: Stirling Economics Discussion Paper, 2017-01
Abstract: Can education policy reduce the incidence of teenage motherhood? This paper uses data from the largest UK household-level survey to investigate the impact of a change in legislation, which increased the duration of compulsory schooling, on the timing of fertility using a regression discontinuity design. The findings indicate strong evidence that the schooling reform induced a downwards impact on fertility not only at the new school-leaving age, but also exerted a non-monotonic effect throughout the teenage years. Overall the analysis suggests that the increase in mandatory education caused a postponement of fertility with the influence of the reform dissipating after age 20.
Type: Working or Discussion Paper
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/25614
Affiliation: Economics

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