Teen Births are Falling: What's Going On?

Publication Year: 
2014
Personal Author: 
Kearney, Melissa. Levine, Phillip.
Corporate Author: 
Brookings Institution.
Briefing Materials
Page Count: 
11

The United States has experienced a remarkable 52 percent decline in teen childbearing since 1991. Understanding the causes of this decline are important for developing subsequent policies to continue this trend. This decline can be distinguished by two periods. Teen births fell at a rate of 2.5 percent per year between 1991 and 2008; that rate tripled to 7.5 percent per year between 2008 and 2012. We investigate these two periods separately. (Author abstract)