The Impact of Teenage Motherhood on the Education and Fertility Decisions of Their Children: Evidence for Europe

Maria Navarro Paniagua, Ian Walker
Lancaster University, UK

This paper deals with the intergenerational effects of teenage motherhood on their children’s education and fertility outcomes. We quantify the causal effect of being born to a teenage mother on children’s outcomes in an IV framework, exploiting both compulsory schooling changes and peer effects associated with mother’s month of birth. Our findings suggest that the child’s probability of post compulsory education decreases when born to a teenage mother, and that the daughters of teenage mothers are significantly more likely to become teenage mothers themselves.

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