Early childbearing, human capital attainment and mortality risk


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dc.creator Ardington, Cally
dc.creator Menendez, Alicia
dc.creator Mutevedzi, Tinofa
dc.date 2012-12-03T12:07:13Z
dc.date 2012-12-03T12:07:13Z
dc.date 2011-03
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-28T10:05:07Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-28T10:05:07Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-28
dc.identifier http://hdl.handle.net/11090/61
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11090/61
dc.description This paper uses a rich longitudinal dataset to examine the relationship between teen fertility and both subsequent educational outcomes and mortality risk in rural South Africa. Human capital deficits among teen mothers are large and significant, with earlier births associated with greater deficits. In contrast to many other studies, we find no clear evidence of selectivity into teen childbearing in either schooling trajectories or pre-fertility household characteristics. Enrolment rates among teen mothers only begin to drop in the period immediately preceding the birth and future teen mothers are not behind in their schooling relative to other girls. Older teen mothers and those further ahead in school for their age pre-birth are more likely to continue schooling after the birth. Following women over a six year period we document a higher mortality risk before the age of 30 for teen mothers that cannot be explained by household characteristics in early adulthood.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit
dc.subject Teen fertility
dc.subject Education
dc.subject Rural South Africa
dc.subject Mortality
dc.subject School enrolment
dc.subject Longitudinal data
dc.title Early childbearing, human capital attainment and mortality risk
dc.type Report
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource SALDRU Report en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department SALDRU en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Report DA - 2015-05-28 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town KW - Teen fertility KW - Education KW - Rural South Africa KW - Mortality KW - School enrolment KW - Longitudinal data LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Early childbearing, human capital attainment and mortality risk TI - Early childbearing, human capital attainment and mortality risk UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11090/61 ER - en_ZA

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