publication . Preprint . 2013

Trends in teenage childbearing and schooling outcomes for children born to teens in South Africa

Nicola Branson; Cally Ardington; Murray Leibbrandt;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013
Abstract
Teenage childbearing is considered a social problem with costs to the teenage mother, her child and society at large. In South Africa, media attention suggests a contemporary crisis in teen childbearing; often linking this to a fear that the Child Support Grant incentivises motherhood among teens. Despite these assertions, there is little empirical research assessing the trends in teen childbearing over time in South Africa and the intergenerational consequences of teenage childbearing. This paper uses six nationally representative household surveys to show that, while teenage childbearing decreased between 1980 and 2008, it is not an uncommon event in South Afr...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: education
free text keywords: Teenage childbearing, South Africa, National household survey data, jel:I24, jel:J13
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