Seminario de Microeconomía Aplicada - Misallocated Talent? Teen Pregnancy, Education and Job Sorting

Seminarios y talleres

El seminario de Microeconomía Aplicada del Banco de la República es un espacio para discutir trabajos en progreso en las diferentes áreas de la microeconomía aplicada como economía laboral, organización industrial, economía de la salud, economía agrícola, economía de la educación, desarrollo económico, crimen, economía pública, medio ambiente, entre otras.

Jorge Agüero: is Associate Professor of Economics and El Instituto, University of Connecticut. He is also co-Founder of the Health Economics Lab (U of Connecticut) and Editor of Review of Economics of the Household (June 2021-). He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from University of Wisconsin, Madison, a M.A. in economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and B.A. in economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. His research interests are in Development Economics, Education, Health, Public Policy, Applied Microeconomics.

Resumen del documento: Policy makers often argue that early motherhood limits women employment opportunities creating a misallocation of talent due to job sorting. Using a unique database from Colombia, that allows us to instrument for early motherhood with age at menarche, we find that teen pregnancy reduces school attainment. However, when considering many indicators of labor supply, while accounting for multiple hypothesis testing, we find only a very small impact (if any) of teen motherhood on labor supply. We discuss the role that family network and co-residence play as mechanisms buffering the effects of early motherhood on labor supply.

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Tiempo de exposición: 1:30 p. m. a 3:00 p. m.