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23 Mar 17

Birth order, Sex Composition and Risky Behaviour of Adolescent Girls in Nigeria.

Keywords:
birth order,
risky behaviour,
Nigeria

Reference: TENIKUE Michel, TEQUAME Miron. Birth order, Sex Composition and Risky Behaviour of Adolescent Girls in Nigeria. LISER, 2017, Working Papers n°2017-04, 24 p.

Authors: TENIKUE Michel, TEQUAME Miron.

Abstract: Sex and birth order of siblings are important determinants of an adolescent's risky behaviour and economic outcomes in later age. Both parental choices and "peer-effect" are the two possible mechanisms investigated in the literature. This paper studies the "peer-effect" to show how gender of preceding siblings shape risky sexual behavior of teen girls in Nigeria, a context characterized by age and gender based hierarchy. Using individual data from the DHS surveys it shows that women born in families with a male firstborn are significantly less likely to have a premarital teen pregnancy. Such reduction is assessed to be as high as 33% when compared to their counterparts in female firstborn families. Additionally, the effect of a male firstborn is a function of age difference and his survival status, as well as the presence of the father in the household. The study underlines how gender roles and the birth order of siblings affect adolescents' risky behaviour.

JEL: I12.

Linked publications
ELOUNDOU-ENYEGUE Parfait, GIROUX Sarah, TENIKUE Michel.
Population and Development Review, 2017, vol. 43, n°S1, pp. 59-83.
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African Development Review, 2015, vol. 27, n°4, pp. 403-414.
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In: MTURI Akim J., AGYEI-MENSAH Samuel (Eds.) Explaining Fertility Differences in Sub-Saharan Africa: Projecting the Demographic Future. Edwin Mellen Press, 2014, chapter 4.
ELOUNDOU-ENYEGUE Parfait, TENIKUE Michel.
In: HARPER Sarah, HAMBLIN Kate (Eds.) International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy. Edward Elgar, 2014, chapter 6, pp. 59-71.
KUEPIE Mathias, TENIKUE Michel, NOUETAGNI Samuel, MISANGUMUKINI Nicaise.
Oxford Development Studies, 2014.