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Teen Childbearing and Economics: A Short History of a 25-Year Research Love Affair

Department of Economics, University of Delaware, Newark, DE 19716, USA
Academic Editor: Naomi Farber
Societies 2015, 5(3), 646-663;
Received: 6 July 2015 / Revised: 15 September 2015 / Accepted: 16 September 2015 / Published: 17 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Adolescent Pregnancy: Past, Present and Future Trends and Issues)
Despite its apparent distance from the core topics of economics, economists have been attracted to, and deeply engaged in, research about teen fertility for more than a quarter century. Research has focused on two broad, interrelated issues: the socio-economic consequences of a teen birth and the socio-economic causes of a teen birth. In researching these issues, economists have drawn on and extended basic concepts in economic theory and in applied statistical research. I review those literatures for a non-economist audience and conclude that the research love affair has substantially benefited both parties, although definitive answers to causes and consequences are still elusive. View Full-Text
Keywords: teen pregnancy; teen births; non-marital births teen pregnancy; teen births; non-marital births
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