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Project Citation: 

Kuka, Elira, Shenhav, Na’ama, and Shih, Kevin. Replication data for: A Reason to Wait: The Effect of Legal Status on Teen Pregnancy. Nashville, TN: American Economic Association [publisher], 2019. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2019-10-13.

Project Description

Summary:  View help for Summary Although teen pregnancy has been on the decline in the United States, it remains among the highest within developed countries. Hispanics, who are more likely to be undocumented immigrants, lead this trend, yet the role of legal status has yet to be considered. To investigate this question, we examine teenage fertility responses to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides temporary legal status to undocumented youth. We find that DACA reduced the likelihood of having a teenage birth by 1.6 percentage points and eliminated roughly half of the gap in teenage childbearing between documented and undocumented women.

Scope of Project

Subject Terms:  View help for Subject Terms Difference-in-difference; policy evaluation
JEL Classification:  View help for JEL Classification
      J13 Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
      J15 Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
      J16 Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
      J18 Demographic Economics: Public Policy
      K37 Immigration Law
Geographic Coverage:  View help for Geographic Coverage United States
Time Period(s):  View help for Time Period(s) 2005 – 2015
Universe:  View help for Universe Hispanic women between the ages of 15 and 20 (ACS), or between the ages of 14 and 18 and attend high school (YRBSS)
Data Type(s):  View help for Data Type(s) survey data; census/enumeration data


Data Source:  View help for Data Source IPUMS American Community Survey (ACS) and Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
Unit(s) of Observation:  View help for Unit(s) of Observation Individuals,

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