Improving Children’s Life Chances through Better Family Planning

Improving Children’s Life Chances through Better Family Planning. Brookings Institution. Isabel V. Sawhill and Joanna Venator. January 23, 2015.

Non-marital childbearing is associated with many adverse outcomes for both the mother and the child, according to the authors. Most of these births are unintended. If we could reduce these unintended births it might improve children’s prospects by enabling their mothers to get more education, earn more, and wait to have children within marriage. The brief traces the effects of reducing unintended childbearing on children’s success later in life by using the Social Genome Model (SGM) to simulate the effect on children’s life chances of aligning women’s fertility behavior with their intentions. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

[PDF format, 9 pages, 2 MB].

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