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A Cautionary Tale of Evaluating Identifying Assumptions: Did Reality TV Really Cause a Decline in Teenage Childbearing?

David A. Jaeger, Theodore J. Joyce, Robert Kaestner

NBER Working Paper No. 24856
Issued in July 2018

---- Acknowledgments ----

The authors thank Phil Levine for his generous assistance in replicating results, and Rajeev Dehejia, Bill Evans, Gary Solon, two anonymous referees, and seminar participants at Columbia University, the CUNY Graduate Center, the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, the Guttmacher Institute, Princeton University, and the University of Michigan for helpful comments. Onur Altindag and J. J. Chen provided exemplary research assistance. Joyce and Kaestner acknowledge support from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Grant R01 HD082133 and from the Health Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Nielsen ratings data are proprietary and cannot be shared. Birth data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) have confidential elements and must be obtained directly from NCHS. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval was obtained from the National Bureau of Economic Research. 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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