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Type Working Paper - SALDRU Working Paper
Title Causes and Consequences of Teen Childbearing: Evidence from a Reproductive Health Intervention in South Africa
Issue 166
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2016
URL http://www.opensaldru.uct.ac.za/bitstream/handle/11090/815/2016_166_Saldruwp.pdf?sequence=1
The rollout of the National Adolescent Friendly Clinic Initiative (NAFCI) serves as a natural
experiment to study the causes and consequences of early teen child bearing. Geolinking
residence histories to the rollout, we estimate that living near a NAFCI clinic during
adolescence delayed early childbearing by 1.2 years on average. 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. Children born to
women who had access to youth-friendly services as teens show substantial health
advantages, indicating a strong intergenerational benefit of delayed childbearing.

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