Teen childbearing and educational attainment: A comparison of methods

Alison Snow Jones, Nan M. Astone, Penelope M. Keyl, Young J. Kim, Cheryl S. Alexander

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This research examines the impact of teenage childbearing on secondary school completion, while focusing on the problem of causal ambiguity in the relationships among self-determined behaviors. Techniques for dealing with the teenage childbearing problem are discussed, and results from these methods are compared. Data from the High School and Beyond Study on young women (n = 5257) who were enrolled as sophomores in sample schools in February 1980 and who had not given birth before November 1980 are used. Results indicate that teen childbearing reduces the probability of completing high school by 8% to 10%. Some evidence suggests that programs that target high school completion may be more effective than programs that target reduction of teen childbearing in improving young women's education and subsequent economic and labor force outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)387-418
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of Family and Economic Issues
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999


  • Adolescent fertility
  • Omitted variables
  • Selection
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Teenage childbearing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Economics and Econometrics


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