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Media Influences on Social Outcomes: The Impact of MTV's 16 and Pregnant on Teen Childbearing

Melissa S. Kearney, Phillip B. Levine

NBER Working Paper No. 19795
Issued in January 2014

---- Acknowledgements -----

We are grateful to Dan Fetter, Craig Garthwaite, Kelleen Kaye, Tim Moore, Diane Schanzenbach, and Doug Staiger for very helpful comments and conversations. We acknowledge the valuable research assistance of Filippos Petroulakis, Alex Roth, and Helen Willis. Seminar participants at Boston College, Brookings, Dartmouth College, George Washington University, the University of Virginia Batten School, and Wellesley College offered helpful comments. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from the University of Maryland Department of Economics and Wellesley College that enabled us to purchase the data used in this paper. Nielsen ratings data used in this project are proprietary and cannot be shared. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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