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.
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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 legislationUnmarried mothersTeenage mothers
DOI: 10.1093/cep/byj005
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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