The effects of statutory rape laws on nonmarital teenage childbearing
Contemporary Economic Policy
Many policy makers view the enforcement of statutory rape laws as a way to reduce teenage childbirths. This article considers whether unmarried teenage girls covered by a state statutory rape law are less likely to give birth than girls who are not covered by a statutory rape law. The presence of statutory rape laws is negatively correlated with nonmarital birthrates for white females but is not a significant predictor for black or Hispanic females. In contrast, the enforcement of statutory rape laws has a deterrent effect on teen childbearing for blacks and Hispanics but not for whites. (JEL J13, K14). © Western Economic Association International 2005.
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Jepsen, Christopher A. and Jepsen, Lisa K., "The effects of statutory rape laws on nonmarital teenage childbearing" (2006). Faculty Publications. 2873.