Policy Brief

Teen Births Are Falling: What’s Going On?

March 11, 2014, Melissa S. Kearney and Phillip Levine

Melissa Kearney and Phillip Levine examine the remarkable 52 percent decline in teen childbearing since 1991 in the United States. The authors determine the public policies, such as expanded access to family planning, and cultural changes that led to this decline, and explain why human capital investments like early childhood education and increased college access can be as important as more targeted teen pregnancy reduction efforts.

  • In the News

    People are very interested in investing in education right now, partly because it’s a tough job market. They can’t find work, and also to get the jobs they’d like to have, they need more skills.

    November 27, 2012, Karen Dynan, Washington Post
  • In the News

    Leaders must be very intentional in raising the skills and education levels of the fastest-growing portions of our population. Our global competitiveness, our innovative capacities, will hinge on our ability to arm Latinos, Asians and African Americans with the skills and tools they need to thrive in our economy.

    October 10, 2012, Amy Liu, Nashville Business Journal
  • In the News

    There are a lot of steps between when the raw data are collected and we end up with estimates of the unemployment rate, where either mistakes or purposeful manipulation could affect things. But the people in the Bureau of Labor Statistics are much more loyal to their professional duties than they are to the person who happens to be holding office at the time, and who may not be there in six month’s time.

    October 5, 2012, Gary Burtless, National Public Radio
  • In the News

    To keep pace with the growth in [America's] working-age population, employers need to add between 90,000 and 100,000 jobs every month.

    June 15, 2012, Gary Burtless, Xinhua