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Title: Consequences of Adolescent Childbearing for the Mother's Occupational Attainment
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1. McLaughlin, Steven D.
Consequences of Adolescent Childbearing for the Mother's Occupational Attainment
Final Report, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1977
Cohort(s): Young Women
Publisher: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Keyword(s): Age and Ageing; Age at First Birth; Child Health; Childbearing; Childbearing, Adolescent; Educational Attainment; Educational Returns; Family Background; Occupational Attainment; Wages

This research provided documentation of the impact of adolescent childbearing on the economic attainment of the mother. Drawing on data from the NLS of Young Women, causal models of economic attainment were estimated separately for subsamples of women having their first child at different ages. The educational attainment of the early childbearer was found to be severely attenuated. Even after socioeconomic background was controlled, the earlier the birth of the first child, the lower the average education. The findings regarding labor force experience were inconclusive; however, there was a slight positive effect from early childbearing on experience. The earning potential of the short- and long-term occupation was found to be negatively associated with early childbearing. The effect was indirect, so that the mother's age at first parity influenced her education which, in turn, influenced her earning potential. In the short term, the adolescent mother was found to realize a far lower rate of economic return to her education. The mother's ability to exchange education for earning potential is reduced as age at first parity declines. This effect was not found in the long term model. The analysis of actual wages earned demonstrated no age-at-first-parity effect.
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McLaughlin, Steven D. "Consequences of Adolescent Childbearing for the Mother's Occupational Attainment." Final Report, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 1977.