Abstract

This paper analyses the effects of maternal age-at-birth on children’s long-term outcomes using Swedish register data. In addition to OLS and FE regressions, we exploit maternal school starting age rules to create exogenous variation on age-at-motherhood. Those born in the beginning of school year are almost a year older during enrollment than those who were born in the end of the school year. This creates age differences when women finish schooling, which also affect age-at-motherhood. We find no evidence that school starting age of mothers is related to child outcomes, although it increases age-at-motherhood and maternal education. When accounting for the effects of increased maternal education due to school starting age, we find no evidence that maternal age causally affects the education, skills or labor market outcomes of the offspring.

 

 

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