Causes and consequences of teen childbearing: Evidence from a reproductive health intervention in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Branson, Nicola
dc.contributor.author Byker, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-31T11:25:03Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-31T11:25:03Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01
dc.identifier.citation Branson, N., & Byker, T. (2018). Causes and consequences of teen childbearing: Evidence from a reproductive health intervention in South Africa. Journal of Health Economics, 57, 221–235. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.11.006 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2017.11.006
dc.description.abstract We use a natural experiment to estimate the causal impact of a public health intervention aimed at reducing teenage childbearing. The geographic and timing variation in the rollout of the South African National Adolescent Friendly Clinic Initiative (NAFCI) in the early 2000s provides a plausibly exogenous increase in reproductive health knowledge and clinical access for teens. We investigate the causal pathway from the intervention’s initial impact on early-teen childbearing to subsequent consequences for later-life outcomes of prime policy interest — education, employment and child health. Our empirical strategy uses GPS data from the National Income Dynamics Study to geolink women’s location of residence during adolescence to the location and timing of the rollout. Our results show that living near a NAFCI clinic during adolescence delayed childbearing, substantially lowering the likelihood of early teen childbearing. We estimate that adolescents who had access to NAFCI completed more years of schooling and, consistent with increased human capital investments, earn substantially higher wages as young adults. Finally, children born to women who had access to youth-friendly services as teens show substantial health advantages, indicating a strong intergenerational benefit of delaying early teen childbearing in a developing country context. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Journal of Health Economics en_US
dc.subject Teenage childbearing en_US
dc.subject Maternal and child outcomes en_US
dc.subject Youth friendly reproductive health services en_US
dc.title Causes and consequences of teen childbearing: Evidence from a reproductive health intervention in South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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