We study the effects on teen fertility of Ser Pilo Paga (SPP), a generous college financial aid program introduced in Colombia in 2014 that dramatically expanded college opportunities for low-income students. Our preferred approach uses a triple difference design that leverages variation in the share of female students eligible for the program across municipalities and the fact that the introduction of SPP should not affect the education and fertility decisions of older women not targeted by the program. We find that after the introduction of SPP, fertility rates for women aged 15-19 years old decreased in more affected municipalities by about 6 percent relative to less affected municipalities. Our results suggest that increasing economic opportunities through expanding college access can contribute to lowering teen fertility rates.
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Financial Aid for College and the Gender Achievement Gap in Colombia