When a Strike Strikes Twice: Massive Student Mobilizations and Teenage Pregnancy in Chile
- Pablo Celhay
- Start date
Monday, 30 Nov 2020, 16:30
- End date
Monday, 30 Nov 2020, 17:30
We empirically study the impact of massive and sudden school closures on teenage pregnancy, following the 2011 nationwide student strike in Chile.
Temporary high schools’ shutdown increases teenage pregnancies in 1.5% on average, while places in the highest tercile of strike exposure experienced an increase of 5%. This effect vanishes three quarters after the strike’s onset and is entirely driven by first-time mothers.
The sudden and unexpected closure of schools allows interpreting these findings as mirroring an incapacitation effect of schools rather than human capital accumulation as a mechanism for the causal relationship between students’ strikes and teenage pregnancies.