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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)
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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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