Bonn: IZA, 2016. 37 p.
IZA discussion paper series, no. 10270
This paper intends to contribute to the economic literature that investigates the origins of teenage pregnancy and early marriage/co habitation in Peru and to improve understanding of the risk factors of one important gender-related issue that has historically provoked asymmetric costs for boys and girls. First, the authors investigate how early cohabitation, marriage and childbearing vary according to early socioeconomic conditions; second, they explore to what extent the factors related to early poverty matter equally for boys and girls; third, they examine whether factors such as low aspirations and low expectations of future economic success, school achievement, socio-emotional competencies, knowledge of family planning, and sexual behaviours, can contribute to explaining teenage childbearing and marriage in disadvantaged contexts; and finally, they look at how changes in socioeconomic status, migration, and household structure, as well changes in aspirations, test scores, and socio-emotional competencies during childhood and early adolescence, might have increased or decreased the probability of teenage childbearing, marriage, and cohabitation.
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