Health outcomes for children born to teen mothers in Cape Town, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Branson, Nicola en_US
dc.contributor.author Ardington, Cally en_US
dc.contributor.author Leibbrandt, Murray en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-12-03T12:07:14Z
dc.date.available 2012-12-03T12:07:14Z
dc.date.issued 2011-03 en_US
dc.identifier Link to journal article
dc.identifier.uri http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/679737
dc.description.abstract This paper analyzes the effect of being born to a teen mother on child health outcomes in South Africa using propensity score reweighting. Exploiting the longitudinal nature of the Cape Area Panel Study, we estimate the probability of being a teen mother conditional on pre-childbirth characteristics. We use this score to construct a weighted counterfactual group of children born to mothers over nineteen whose pre-childbirth characteristics are very similar to the teen mother sample except for their age at the birth of their first child. Our reweighted regressions indicate that being born to a teen mother has some significant adverse effects on child health, especially among Coloured children. In particular, children born to teens are more likely to be underweight at birth and to be stunted with the negative effect being double the size for Coloureds than Africans. No negative impact of teenage childbearing is found on head circumference at birth or the incidence of incomplete first year immunizations. These results remain robust even when we simulate influential unobservable effects in both the reweighting equation and the outcome equation. en_US
dc.publisher Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit en_US
dc.subject Child heatlh
dc.subject Teen birth
dc.subject Teen fertility
dc.subject CAPS
dc.subject Longitudinal data
dc.title Health outcomes for children born to teen mothers in Cape Town, South Africa en_US


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