Working paper published at UNU-WIDER

30 June 2017 15:07

Working paper published at UNU-WIDER

“Reducing early pregnancy in low-income countries” is written by The Choice Lab researchers Lars Ivar Oppedal Berge, Kjetil Bjorvatn, Vincent Someville and Bertil Tungodden, together with Amina Mohamed Maalim.

“Reducing early pregnancy in low-income countries” is published as Working Paper 2017/133 in the WIDER working paper series.

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Working paper at UNU-WIDER

Abstract:
Many adolescent girls in low-income countries face the challenge of early pregnancy and
lifelong dependence upon family and partners. In this paper, we review the literature on field
interventions aimed at reducing early pregnancies in low-income countries and report from a
randomized control trial in rural Tanzania. From an analysis of more than 3,000 essays written by adolescent girls about their hopes for the future, we find that health training and entrepreneurship training affect two key mechanisms determining early pregnancy, namely internal locus of control and economic opportunity.