This paper investigates the influence of early exposure to peers born to teenage mothers on young children's behavioral problems. We use data from a nationally representative sample of US children and exploit the quasi-random allocation of children across classes within schools during the first year of kindergarten to estimate causal effects. The results indicate that exposure to peers born to teenage mothers negatively impacts students’ internalizing behavior and cognitive performance. This effect is mainly driven by peers with very young mothers. The internalizing behavior of peers from teenage mothers emerges as a possible mechanism for the observed impact.

Gagete Miranda, J., Meschi, E., Pagani, L. (2024). Non-cognitive peer effects in early education: The influence of children born to teenage mothers on peers’ behavioral problems. ECONOMICS LETTERS, 236(March 2024) [10.1016/j.econlet.2024.111580].

Non-cognitive peer effects in early education: The influence of children born to teenage mothers on peers’ behavioral problems

Gagete Miranda, J
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Meschi, E;Pagani, L
2024

Abstract

This paper investigates the influence of early exposure to peers born to teenage mothers on young children's behavioral problems. We use data from a nationally representative sample of US children and exploit the quasi-random allocation of children across classes within schools during the first year of kindergarten to estimate causal effects. The results indicate that exposure to peers born to teenage mothers negatively impacts students’ internalizing behavior and cognitive performance. This effect is mainly driven by peers with very young mothers. The internalizing behavior of peers from teenage mothers emerges as a possible mechanism for the observed impact.
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Behavioral problems; Early education; Peer effects; Teenage pregnancy;
English
4-feb-2024
2024
236
March 2024
111580
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Gagete Miranda, J., Meschi, E., Pagani, L. (2024). Non-cognitive peer effects in early education: The influence of children born to teenage mothers on peers’ behavioral problems. ECONOMICS LETTERS, 236(March 2024) [10.1016/j.econlet.2024.111580].
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