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Pablo Celhay, PUC-Gobierno

"When a Strike Strikes Twice: Massive Student Mobilizations, School Incapacitation Effects, and Teenage Pregnancy in Chile"

Coautores: Emilio Depetris-Chauvin y M. Cristina Riquelme

20 Junio 2018 - 15:30 hrs.

Sala de postgrados, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas UC

Abstract: We empirically study the impact of massive school’s absenteeism on teenage pregnancy. Exploiting variation in the timing of nationwide student strikes and the average intensity of school’s adherence to the student movement across Chilean municipalities in 2011, we identify an economically large short-run impact of temporary high schools’ shutdown on teenage pregnancy. Preliminary results show that municipalities experienced an increase of 1.5% in teenage pregnancies, which amounts to 267 pregnancies conceived by girls in high school age within a year, and that those with in the highest tercile of strike exposure experienced an increase or 4.8%. The spike in teenage pregnancies vanishes three quarters after the beginning of the students’ strikes which we interpret as evidence of an incapacitation effect, rather than a network or social interaction effect, as a key underlying mechanism for the causal relationship between students’ strikes and teenage pregnancies.