The Effects of Statutory Rape Laws on Nonmarital Teenage Childbearing
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|Title:||The Effects of Statutory Rape Laws on Nonmarital Teenage Childbearing||Authors:||Jepsen, Christopher
Jepsen, Lisa K.
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4434||Date:||Jan-2006||Abstract:||Many policy makers view the enforcement of statutory rape laws as a way to reduce teenage childbirths. This article considers whether unmarried teenage girls covered by a state statutory rape law are less likely to give birth than girls who are not covered by a statutory rape law. The presence of statutory rape laws is negatively correlated with nonmarital birthrates for white females but is not a significant predictor for black or Hispanic females. In contrast, the enforcement of statutory rape laws has a deterrent effect on teen childbearing for blacks and Hispanics but not for whites. (JEL J13,K14)||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell||Copyright (published version):||Western Economic Association International 2005||Keywords:||Statutory rape--Law and legislation;Unmarried mothers;Teenage mothers||DOI:||10.1093/cep/byj005||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
|Appears in Collections:||Economics Research Collection|
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