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The Individual Economic Costs of Teenage Childbearing
K. Denise Dillard and Louis G. Pol
Vol. 31, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 249-259
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/584404
Page Count: 11
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Although the desire to have children remains high among most Americans, more future parents are beginning to acknowledge the disadvantages of large families and the advantages of small ones. In this paper previous findings on the economic costs of raising children are reviewed and examined especially as they apply to the rapidly growing population of teenage childbearers. Utilizing data from a variety of sources, information was tabulated on the average loss of education by age at first birth, the average annual income and hourly wage for women by educational attainment, the expected annual reduction of income due to low educational attainment, and the direct costs of subsequent fertility. Results showed that children born to teenagers were substantially more expensive than those born to women who delay first births until their twenties.
Family Relations © 1982 National Council on Family Relations