Wellesley College, USA
IZA World of Labor role
Katharine Coman and A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Economics, Wellesley College, USA
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Senior Economist, Council of Economic Advisers, USA
PhD Economics, Princeton University, 1990
Sex and Consequences: Abortion, Public Policy, and the Economics of Fertility. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004.
“Income inequality and early non-marital childbearing: An economic exploration of the ‘culture of despair.’” Journal of Human Resources 49:1 (2014): 1–31 (with M. S. Kearney).
“Why is the teen birth rate in the United States so high and why does it matter?” Journal of Economic Perspectives 26:2 (2012): 141–166 (with M. S. Kearney).
“Subsidized contraception, fertility, and sexual behavior.” Review of Economics and Statistics 91:1 (2009): 137–151 (with M. S. Kearney).
“Abortion legalization and child living circumstances: Who is the ‘marginal child?’” Quarterly Journal of Economics (February 1999): 263–292 (with J. Gruber and D. Staiger).
Teenage childbearing and labor market implications for women
Teenage childbearing is less a cause of inferior labor market outcomes for women than a marker of other social problems in a girl’s lifePhillip B. Levine, July 2014It is not difficult to find statistics showing that teenage childbearing is associated with poor labor market outcomes, but why is this the case? Does having a child as a teenager genuinely affect a woman’s economic potential—or is it simply a marker of problems she might already be facing as a result of her social and family background? The answer to this question has important implications for policy measures that could be taken to improve women’s lives.MoreLess