Health and educational outcomes for children born to teenage mothers in Cape Town
Abstract / Description:
Longitudinal data from the Cape Area Panel Study (CAPS) is used to investigate the impact of being born to a teen mother on child health, education and home environment outcomes. Two different identification strategies are used. Children born to teen mothers are found to be significantly more likely to be born underweight, are shorter and are more likely to be stunted. Children born to teen mothers are not found to be at risk of worse educational outcomes when compared to their siblings/cousins but appear to be exposed to worse childhood home environments.