Is education the best contraception: the case of teenage pregnancy in England?

Girma, Sourafel and Paton, David (2015) Is education the best contraception: the case of teenage pregnancy in England? Social Science & Medicine, 131 . pp. 1-9. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

This paper examines potential explanations for recent declines in teenage pregnancy in England. We estimate panel data models of teenage conception, birth and abortion rates from regions in England. Although point estimates are consistent with the promotion of long acting reversible contraception (LARC) having a negative impact on teenage pregnancy rates, the effects are generally small and statistically insignificant. In contrast, improvements in educational achievement and, to a lesser extent, increases in the non-white proportion of the population are associated with large and statistically significant reductions in teenage pregnancy.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: England; Fixed effects; Long acting reversible contraception; Teen pregnancy; Abortion
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Economics
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.02.040
Depositing User: Girma, Sourafel
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 13:22
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 03:36
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/48786

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