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The effects of teenage childbearing on education, physical health, and mental distress: evidence from Mexico

  • Pinar Mine Gunes (a1) and Magda Tsaneva (a2)

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This paper estimates the effects of teenage childbearing on education, working, physical and mental health, and physical activity of young girls in Mexico using two waves of the nationally representative Mexican Family Life Survey. We employ a propensity score matching model that accounts for a rich set of baseline covariates that predict teenage childbearing to attempt to reduce the bias due to confounding variables associated with teenage childbearing. The results demonstrate that teenage childbearing is associated with an increase in the probability of being overweight, and reductions in physical activity and the probability of high school completion. Moreover, the results are consistent when we employ sibling fixed effects to account for unobservable family background.

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The effects of teenage childbearing on education, physical health, and mental distress: evidence from Mexico

  • Pinar Mine Gunes (a1) and Magda Tsaneva (a2)

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