Discussion paper

The impact of young motherhood on education, employment and marriage

Education Employment Marriage Australia
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The poor socio-economic outcomes of women who have their first child when young are well documented, but the policy implications depend on the causal mechanisms that underlie it. This paper examines this issue using a new Australian panel of young women. No evidence is found for an adverse impact of young childbirth on education, labour market, income or location, but young motherhood does have an impact on partnering outcomes.

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